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Germany to close all nuclear plants by 2022

2011-05-30 21:07:37 GMT+7 (ICT)

BERLIN, GERMANY (BNO NEWS) -- The German government on Monday announced that all the country's nuclear power plants will be closed by 2022, as part of the new plans to phase nuclear power out completely.

According to Deutsche Welle television, Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen announced the proposal to stop utilizing nuclear energy and shutting down the seven existing nuclear facilities.

The new plan of the German government, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, represented a 14-year acceleration of its previous initiatives. The German people have demanded the government an end to nuclear power.

In October 2010, the German Parliament approved a nuclear shutdown with a deadline set at 2036. However, pressure from the population and opposition parties caused that the ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) party decided to rush the phase out.

Under the new plans, Germany's seven nuclear reactors constructed before 1980 will be kept offline permanently. Six nuclear power plants would be closed in 2021 and the remaining three in 2022 to ensure the supply necessary energy.

In March, Merkel announced a three-month moratorium that put on hold the plans of extending the lifespan of the German nuclear reactors in order to conduct safety inspections at the nuclear facilities.

In 2010, Merkel announced an agreement to extend the lifespan of its 17 nuclear plants reached by her coalition of Christian Democrats and Free Democrats. However, after to the Japanese nuclear crisis, opposition groups and civilians called for reversing the decision.

Opposition parties demanded to close all nuclear reactors by 2022 and thousands of protesters urged an immediate end to the use of nuclear energy. Germany currently has 17 nuclear reactors.


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Germany could face widespread winter blackouts following Angela Merkel's "knee-jerk" decision to decommission the country's nuclear power stations, according to German power grid operators.



What a joke this woman is. So what will they do now? Import nuclear-produced leccy from France or burn more fossil fuels.

What else will this woman do for a vote?

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If Germans hadn't been so warmongering in the 20th century, and instead focused on developing alternative power technologies, it would be win win for them and everyone else. During the World Wars I and II, German tech was miles ahead of others. With that sort of innovative and high quality craftsmanship put towards alt.power instead of tiger tanks and V2 rockets, we would be further ahead on sensible power generation plans. Nuclear is not the smart way to generate electricity, and Germans are leading the pack in showing the world that salient fact. Currently, it's the German people who are leading the way on that policy. Politicians are just following, because they can count the beans to see where the votes are. Let's hope Thailand will learn from that.

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