Germany Plans to Raze Towns for Brown Coal and Cheap Energy

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Germany Plans to Raze Towns for Brown Coal and Cheap Energy

Villages face the bulldozer as one of Europe’s renewable energy leaders leans more heavily on an old habit.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:35am

The German village of Atterwasch is tiny, its single street lined with sturdy brick and stone houses. The village has a single church whose bells peal out at noon each day, a small volunteer fire department, and a cemetery with a special section devoted to German soldiers who died nearby in the closing months of World War II.

Atterwasch may soon be gone.
 
Vattenfall, a Swedish energy company, hopes to relocate the village and its residents in order to strip-mine the ground underneath for lignite, or "brown coal."

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Keywords: Alternative Energy | Atterwasch | Brown Coal | Energiewende | Energy | Germany | Lignite | Mining | National Geographic | Utilities | climate change

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