Welcome to Disneyland in Denmark — plus one reason Europe’s been eating our lunch on renewables, creating hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs

Warning — I am no cinematographer under the best of circumstances.  But having flown the redeye and then being wedged with a few hundred other people waiting for hours to get accredited as an observer for the international climate conference being held in the Bella Center in Copenhagen — with no actual line movement for most of that time — and then to learn  it was only one of those Disneyland-esque “lines” just to get into the real line, well,  at least I had my Flip Camera.

So I did a bunch of interviews that definitely give new meaning to the phrase up close and personal.  My apologies, but given the experience with the NREL director in a far less noisy setting, I wanted to make sure to get the audio.  And I did.

The first minute or so of this video is some gallows humor about the line — and then you’ll get the policy perspective of Daniel Argyropolous, a German (half Greek) who had worked for the German government on renewable policy and is now working in Great Britain for Garrad Hassan, which bills itself as “the worlds leading renewable energy consultancy.”  If you think some Europeans mock our lame renewable energy policies, which have cost us global leadership in a variety of technologies we were once the world leader in, you’re right!


I had already interviewed the woman I panned to, and will post that shortly.

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6 Responses to Welcome to Disneyland in Denmark — plus one reason Europe’s been eating our lunch on renewables, creating hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs

  1. Now that is what I call a good use of waiting time! I hope you will post more of these interviews. I found it very helpful.

  2. paulina says:

    I like this up close and personal stuff. Thanks!

  3. Joe says:

    I have four more!

  4. Perhaps the last act of the last week of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference is the last, best chance for the leaders of the human community to save a good-enough future for the children, life as we know it, the Earth and its environs from the ravages of global human overproduction, overconsumption and overpopulation activities that can be seen with the naked eye engulfing the surface of our planetary home, irreversibly depleting its resources and recklessly degrading its ecosystem services. If ever there was a time for action, that time is presented this week.

    A truthful, reliable, complete, useful, significant, timely, fully funded and legally binding international agreement is required. What are the chances that the right thing will be done?

  5. Greg N says:

    Yes, I’m afraid you Americans are being mocked for running last in the race for the new green technologies. Going backwards for eight years gave your competitors a head start they won’t lose for a generation, unless you really put on a burst of speed.

    “[Steven Chu]’speech was, in the true sense of the word, pathetic: it moved me to pity…

    What has happened to the great pioneering nation, the economic superpower which once drove innovation everywhere? How did it end up so far behind much smaller economies in boring old Europe? How come, when the rest of the developed world has moved on, it suddenly looks like a relic of the Soviet Union, with filthy, inefficient industries, vast opencast coal mines and cars and appliances which belong in the 1950s?”

  6. Leif says:

    Why o’ why can I not buy a manufactured, mass produced, energy producing product from a line of products that I could place on my property that would satisfy my household needs and be a “cash cow” if I could keep my consumption down. A parabolic solar collector would be the best for my home but whatever works best for your location.