Quite obviously somethings do indeed have unforseen effects. This must be so otherwise we humans would never make a mistake, would we? However, there’s unforseen and unforseen:
As a Green party member in Germany’s national parliament, Fell eventually helped create a policy that looks a lot like part of the Green New Deal some Democrats are proposing in the US. His law allowed Germans to sell the renewable energy they create to the grid at a high fixed price — a price that would more than cover the cost of installing a solar panel, or investing in a wind turbine. Germany paid for this through a surcharge on every electricity consumer’s bill.
So, everyone had to pay more money for expensive electricity to be fed into the grid. We can forsee an effect or two of this, no? Like, perhaps, electricity bills are going to rise?
But the law has also had some unintended consequences. Because of amendments to the law and technological improvements, the surcharge on Germany’s electric bills have skyrocketed. Now, Germany has the highest electric bills in Europe. Electricity has become a burdensome expense for some Germans living on welfare, and the high cost has left a few spending a lot of time in the dark.
Electricity bills rose. Really, what’s unforseen about that?
Of course, the interesting thing is elsewhere. Germany’s spent over a trillion euros on this grand change to renewables. Germany’s emissions have gone up, they’re actually using more coal than they did to start with. But that’s just another thing forseen and ignored.