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Nearly half of Germans say nuclear power stations should run longer

DDP/The Local · 18 Apr 2010, 13:02

Published: 18 Apr 2010 13:02 GMT+02:00

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The survey, carried out by the Forsa polling firm for Focus magazine, showed 44 percent of those questioned were in favour of extending the licenses for nuclear power stations past the current end slated for 2022.

The figures – from 2,500 people questioned – showed a stark difference in opinion depending on political affiliation.

Of those who said they were supporters of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 62 percent said they supported longer nuclear power station licenses. Of the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) supporters, 60 percent were in favour.

Only 35 percent of those who said they were supporters of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) were in favour of extending nuclear power station operations, while the figures for the socialist Left Party supporters and environmentalist Green Party supporters were 33 percent and 21 percent respectively.

Politicians are struggling to agree on whether to extend the licenses, which were limited in 2000 by the SPD-Green government.

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Of those asked, 81 percent said they felt nuclear power would still be needed ‘for a while’ to cover energy demands. Only 15 percent said they believed Germany would ever be able to be completely nuclear free.

“The vast majority of citizens see the use of nuclear energy in a relaxed and pragmatic - and less emotional way,” said. Manfred Güllner, head of Forsa.

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13:37 April 18, 2010 by LiterallySimon
= Majority of Germans says nuclear power stations should not run longer.
16:03 April 18, 2010 by auslanderus
If you don't like nuclear power then turn off your lights, computer and everything else and live without it. Simple as that.
19:17 April 18, 2010 by pepsionice
The day will eventually come where the nuke plants are turned off.....German power companies turn to foreign power production (Russian or Polish nuke plants)....and they end up paying thirty percent more on imported power. Then the public will ask why....and the political folks will fall flat.

Germans are terribly naive over how they get services, business, taxes, and utilities. If anyone ever explained how income taxes stayed the same but VAT taxes increased (up to 19 percent, from the 13 percent level).....they'd get even more furious.
21:34 April 18, 2010 by maxbrando
Where do you idiotic Germans think you will get your power from without nuke power plants operating in Germny?? Open up the Ruhr again for coal? Or will Germany "dump" it's power needs on other, poorer countries like Poland, Spain, etc?? You are all idiots.
00:24 April 19, 2010 by LMB222
I laugh at those who spray paint "Atom Kraft". One has to understand at least a bit of what is going on, and it's not the atom that is splitting, but the nucleus. Kernkraft would be the name.

But names apart, I really believe there's not much to fear, as long as the Chinese are away from the technology.
05:38 April 19, 2010 by derExDeutsche
Germans will soon be running out of power.

Luckily Iran has heard their call and will be piping in teh Wattage shortly!
15:47 April 20, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
I hate this insanity. Nuclear power is still, without equal, the cleanest, safest, easiest way we have of generating energy. The problems of nuclear waste disposal pale in comparison to the damage other forms of energy leave on the earth, including solar power due to the huge number of mind-numbingly dangerous chemicals that are produced as a side effect of building solar power cells.
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