Hermann Scheer

(1944-2010) was a member of the German Social Democratic Party, General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy, President of Eurosolar and recipient of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. His books include Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy (2006) and Der energethische Imperativ: Wie der vollständige Wechsel zu erneuerbaren Energien zu realisieren ist (2010).


The new respectability of renewable energy creates the impression that a consensus on the energy switchover has been reached. Not true, warns the late Hermann Scheer: the fact is that spending on conventional sources is increasing worldwide. Nowhere is the pseudo-consensus exposed more clearly than in ongoing investment in nuclear power.