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Germany could be nuclear-free within a decade, says commission

The Local · 11 May 2011, 11:12

Published: 11 May 2011 11:12 GMT+02:00

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The commission, headed by the Christian Democrat former environment minister Klaus Töpfer, was appointed last month to comb through the opposing arguments and propaganda and come up with feasible recommendations. It is set to report to Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition at the end of this month.

Its draft report, as reported by the FAZ on Wednesday, said the country’s seven oldest nuclear power stations and the problem-hit Krümmel station, which were shut down in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster, could easily remain off-line without endangering supply.

The remaining nine German nuclear power stations could be shut down by 2021, or even sooner, it said.

The paper, called ‘Germany’s Energy Consensus’, said that those, “stations which according to safety standards are regarded as ‘safe’ should be closed down as soon as possible, in order of their remaining risk and their significance to the electricity network.”

They should only be allowed to be operated until their capacity could be replaced by low-risk energy provision, the commission said, quoting experts saying that 2021 should be the limit.

This date could even be pushed forward, the commission suggested. Progress on the exit strategy must be subjected to regular and transparent checks, and compared against price development, electricity supply, the stability of the system, carbon dioxide emissions and imports.

New institutions should be established to do this, including a parliamentary commissioner for energy change and a national forum for energy change.

The biggest ethical responsibility is finding an acceptable final storage place for highly-radioactive waste. Social acceptance of this will depend on a definite date for the end of nuclear energy being named and adhered to, the commission said.

The commission recommended that radioactive waste be stored in such a manner that it can be recovered and moved. And it insisted, “the storage of nuclear waste which is generated in Germany must also happen in Germany.”

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The government’s carbon dioxide reduction goal – to be down by 40 percent by 2020 and 80 percent down by 2050 – would remain untouched, the commission wrote.

“We think that secure energy provision without lowering our sights in climate protection, and with an increase in jobs in the industry and craft, and no electricity shortage, and without importing electricity generated from nuclear sources, can be achieved if it can be made into a large national communal effort.”

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12:17 May 11, 2011 by Suupala
Shut down everything next year or even before? Finally some real decisions! Though I think the year is a repeated typo, and it should read 2021.
14:12 May 11, 2011 by T.J. Morton
I would be interested to read this report. To shut down 20% of Germany's existing generation capacity AND reduce CO2 emissions by 40% in 10 years is not an insignificant endeavor! I would like to see if they offer any real recommendations!
16:33 May 11, 2011 by ame64
Good morning Germany,

total panic and no logic. All the people crying about nuclear power will be crying even more when the get the power bill at the end of the year.

German politicians will NOT protect the normal working people against the huge energy companies that will exploit us knowing we have no choice but to pay.

Get rid of nuclear power, OK. But do it the right way.
18:51 May 11, 2011 by trash head
> German politicians will NOT protect the normal working people against the huge energy companies that will exploit us knowing we have no choice but to pay.

Already in discussion to break the 4 big energy companies. So its already on the table ;-)

For the smaller energy companys, a light already.
18:55 May 11, 2011 by Englishted

I agree .
22:51 May 11, 2011 by cobalisk
Finally - put the stake in the heart of the scare-mongers.

Germany had a plan to phase out Nuclear energy by 2020 and it was well on track. The CDU U-turn to extend nuke power was a mistake but to Merkel's credit... the Japan disaster coupled with the truly reprehensible behavior of the 'Big 4' in the last few months have shown the light.

Germany succeeds when it leads, and now the federal commission shows that all the scare mongering is exactly that. Finally, now there is little reason not to do the right thing and move forward. I applaud the Chancellor on this one, its okay to react to crises as long as you do it with leadership and she has.
06:46 May 12, 2011 by neunElf
Who needs all of those power company executives and engineers, what the hell do they know about running a power grid! We have Angela the Cautious leading the way with her merry band of panderers promising everything will be wonderful.

Who wouldn't want a power system designed by politicians?

No more nukes and then we can all rest secure in the knowledge that Uncle Vladimir and his kleptocracy has their hands on the gas valve that will now become our main power source for baseload power!

What a wonderful world it will be!
22:21 May 23, 2011 by Gaucho
This is serious and REAL and the US government has been working on it for 10 years.

Please take 15 min and explore the link provided

Andrea Rossi has given three demonstrations so far including with professors from Bologna University and the Swedish skeptics society and the Chairman of the Swedish Physics Union. This is an directory of Rossi efforts http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Andrea_A._Rossi_Cold_Fusion_Generator. This is a link to the LENR site where detailed information about cold fusion efforts is available. www.lenr-canr.org/News... The US Naval Research lab has been working on this with positive results for over 10 years and has confirmed it existence.

Rossi has announced a 1MW Cold Fusion facility to be opened in Greece this Oct. Still top line periodicals have yet to publish even one article. This will change the economics of the world lifting many people out of poverty and it will also threaten many vested interests.


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Rossi 6-hour demonstration convinces Swedish experts

April 2011

On March 29, 2011, a test of a smaller Rossi device was performed. It was attended by two new observers: Hanno Essén, associate professor of theoretical physics and chairman of the Swedish Skeptics Society, and Sven Kullander, chairman of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Energy Committee. They agree with other independent observers that the device must be producing a nuclear reaction. See NyTeknik: Swedish physicists on the E-cat: "It's a nuclear reaction."

This test employed a new, smaller device with a 50 cm3 cell. It produced ~4.4 kW for 6 hours, or 25 kWh (90 MJ).

Essén and Kullander wrote a report, also in NyTeknik, Experimental test of a mini-Rossi device at the Leonardocorp, Bologna 29 March 2011. Focardi gave a revealing radio interview. Here is an English translation.

NyTeknik has published a number of articles about Rossi. They are all listed here. The New Energy Times is keeping a close watch on news articles about Rossi. They have a list of articles here.
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