The world is changing right in front of our eyes and politics are - finally - starting to reflect this.
In last Sunday's elections, voters in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg elected a Green Party prime minister (governor) for the first time in the country's history, trouncing Mrs. Merkel's conservative CDU and significantly altering the wider political balance for the entire nation. It should be noted that the state of Baden-Wurttemberg was a conservative party stronghold for 58 years in a row. The nuclear disaster in Japan doubtless had something to do with it, but I believe it was going to happen anyway.
Germany is way ahead of every other major nation in shifting electricity generation to renewable/green sources. In the past 25 years the entire increase in production has come from such sources (see chart below - click to enlarge).
Germany - Going Green
So, yes, Germany's "valley" is very green, indeed. Are the rest of us going to do something about it, or are we going to stay stuck in the past and suffer the consequences?
Oh, and if you're wondering: How Green Was My Valley is a classic film from 1941 about a Welsh coal -mining town. From IMDb: "This story of a Welsh valley's turn-of-the-century descent from pristine paradise to despoiled coal mining region, is told in flashback form by Huw Morgan, an old man who has decided to leave the valley forever."