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Brüderle: nuclear power exit to cost billions

AFP · 15 Apr 2011, 16:49

Published: 15 Apr 2011 16:49 GMT+02:00

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"It could be one to two billion euros," the minister told German radio, cautioning that a precise figure was "difficult to estimate."

Citing internal government projections, the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily earlier reported the costs would be €3 billion annually. "That order of magnitude seems a little high to me," countered Brüderle.

The minister's comments came as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to hold talks with heads of Germany's states to discuss future energy policy in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis.

Merkel has said the disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan was a turning point and announced a three-month moratorium on an earlier decision to extend the lifetime of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors.

Nuclear power is highly unpopular in Germany, and hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to demand the reactors be switched off.

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The economy and environment ministries have drawn up a joint plan for the accelerated development of alternative energy, which focuses notably on wind power.

"One thing is for sure, it's going to cost money," Brüderle said.

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21:13 April 15, 2011 by neunElf
I think this estimate is far too optimistic.

When you consider the number of manufacturing jobs that will be lost due to relocation to lower energy cost countries, the cost to Germany will be huge!

German industry has already been complaining of the high energy costs prior to Fukushima, how do you think they will feel now?

Germany hopes it can do something that has never been done before, build a viable economy around the green energy industry.

Think people are upset now, wait till they see the impact this idiocy will have on their daily life!
06:03 April 16, 2011 by rfwilson
So, they want their nuclear reactors switched off, do they? Well, why not give these fools what they want! A week spend in the dark may get them to switch their brains on!

Surely these people are not so foolish to believe that wind and solar power has the slightest hope of generating the terrawatts of power all the reactors generate! Mostly what will happen is power will be imported (expensively!) from other countries' coal burning and nuclear plants!

Reminds me of the saying "Be careful what you wish for!"
13:57 April 16, 2011 by bugger
abolish capitalism and alternative energy will become free. wind turbines are expensive just because of capitalist race for money, the same is with geothermal energy and solar convertors.
05:59 April 17, 2011 by rfwilson

Brilliant... just brilliant! So, once you abolish capitalism, who on earth do you think is going to spend the billions in R+D to develop and build your precious wind turbines and solar panels? Oh, I forgot..... non-profit companies will just do it out of the goodness of their hearts!
13:11 April 17, 2011 by bugger

Community can build what they need, if there is no capitalism, there is no price for material to build something, when people build something for themselves, they will build with will and for free, because all of them have something from that, in this case energy for electricity and heating: geothermal, solar, wind and so on.

Capitalist race for profit produce high prices of every product. in capitalism, only competition push companies to decrease prices, if there is no competition, they will make higher and higher prices and I believe that energy is national resource, basic thing for present civilization and all people should have right to have it, and there should be no profit than positive 0 in functioning of companies which produce energy. because of profit of energy companies, people pay high prices, production cost of energy is much smaller than this what people pay in the end.

I just watched before several days, digging of hole in the ground for geothermal energy cost 1000 euro per meter, it means 3 million euro for hole which is deep 3km, and geothermal plant need 2 holes and not only one, it means 6 millions only for holes (plus turbine for electricity, etc). Therefore geothermal plant in the end cost 30 millions euro, because every building company want to make profit and they make high prices for everything what they do. Plus in the end owner of geothermal plant want to make profit and therefore electricity and heating become expensive. That's capitalism. People get debts, while individuals become enormous rich, so rich that they can't spend all money which they have, but they make race with other riches, who will be more rich, and therefore society get debts, people can't pay any more products and in the end, industry will collapse because workers don't have so big salaries and they took so much credits from banks that they can't take it anymore and products will stay unsold. Race for profit produce crisis, capitalism is crisis. Rich people have bigger profit if they give smaller salaries to workers, but in the end, before or later, people will not have any more money to buy products. Now you understand more about capitalism and why many countries bankrupt (Greece, Portugal, and so on). My advice for the people: build sustainable houses for yourself, gather raining, make a whole in the ground to bring water for yourself, try to get geothermal energy or solar energy to be independent from city/national electricity, in other case, you will have the same future like others - you will depend from greedy capitalists and politicians, you will stay without civilization when this energy companies bankrupt together with the state (Greece, Portugal, Island, etc). Beside it, we see that 5th part of Australia was under water last year, and we see what happened in Japan, so, be independent about energy and build house minimum 500km far away from nuclear plants.
13:21 April 17, 2011 by ron1amr
I'm sure an infrastructure can be made a cost effective clean energy system set in place to benefit all and not just the large companies but each individual. Nay sayers must have large investments in nuclear companies and so painting a rosy picture regarding nuclear energy. Once you build a number of solar and wind farms. they then only need maintenance. But with nuclear who is paying for the waste, cooling ponds, safety programmes.
13:45 April 18, 2011 by tallady
Bugger .....Community can build what they need.Is this another back tract to Communism ,we have seen all this before or at least it's failed ideology. I will stick with Capitalism and Socialism, they have been very good to me ,thanks anyway
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