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Hermann Scheer

German politician

1944   -   2010

country of citizenship: Germany
native language: German
language of expression: German
educated at: Heidelberg University
occupation: politician, non-fiction writer, economist, swimmer
award received: Right Livelihood Award, Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
position held: member of the German Bundestag, Substitute of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Representative of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Hermann Scheer (29 April 1944 – 14 October 2010) was a Social Democrat member of the German Bundestag (parliament), President of Eurosolar (European Association for Renewable Energy) and General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy. In 1999, Scheer was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for his "indefatigable work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide".Scheer believed that the continuation of current patterns of energy supply and use would be environmentally, socially, economically, and politically damaging, with renewable energy being the only realistic alternative. Scheer had concluded that it is technically and environmentally feasible to harness enough solar radiation to achieve a total replacement of the foclear (fossil/nuclear) energy system by a global renewable energy economy. The main obstacle to such a change is seen to be political, not technical or economic. In 1999 he was one of the initiators of the German feed-in tariffs that were the major source of the rise of renewable energies in Germany during the following years.
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