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Nuclear energy exit 'irreversible', says CDU

The Local · 13 May 2011, 08:38

Published: 13 May 2011 08:38 GMT+02:00

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In a bid to reassure voters dubious about the Chancellor’s change of heart in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Gröhe told the daily Berliner Zeitung that there was no going back on the planned exit from atomic power.

Asked whether the government might change its position, he said: “No. The way is irreversible.”

In March, Merkel surprised the rest of Europe by announcing a U-turn on nuclear power just months after she sided with the big utility firms in allowing an extension of the lifespans of most reactors.

After the Fukushima partial meltdown in the wake of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, Merkel immediately closed several older reactors and announced a three-month moratorium on plans to extend the lifespans of others.

Although this was dismissed by many of her political rivals as a stunt ahead of key state elections, Merkel has since gone on a green drive, speeding up approvals for renewable energy investments with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"We want to end the use of nuclear energy and reach the age of renewable energy as fast as possible," Merkel said.

Merkel now plans to shut down the nuclear reactors, which have recently provided up to a quarter of Germany's baseload electricity needs, by 2022 at the latest.

According to a recent Reuters report, the government aims to double the share of renewable energy to 35 percent of consumption in 2020, 50 percent in 2030, 65 percent in 2040, and more than 80 percent in 2050.

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This would form part of a programme to cut CO2 emissions (compared to 1990 levels) by 40 percent in 2020, by 55 percent in 2030, and by more than 80 percent in 2050.

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Your comments about this article

11:05 May 13, 2011 by beckyhead
Well, let's see what happens when Germany depends more on energy supplied from Russia.
15:33 May 13, 2011 by trash head
> Well, let's see what happens when Germany depends more on energy supplied from Russia.

Like Japan?
18:36 May 13, 2011 by Englishted
Google 'irreversible',in news ,out comes Sepp Blatter,and the C.D.U.

wow two idiots together.
21:54 May 13, 2011 by whpmgr
Japan went to war to get natural resources. It is now in decline and will be overshadowed. It is not talking about getting rid of all nuclear energy, as it knows that it cannot survive in this world without oil or soem cost effective alternative. You know, the lack of power to sustain the plants caused the real problem. The reactors withstood the earthquake and the tsunami. It was when they didnt have hardened emergency power that they failed, and had the meltdown. Can't anyone see that the reactors are safe and right if all is taken care of? Can't anyone come to the forefront and talk about the japanese failure to ensure that backup power would be ready in a short amount of time? Talk about that if they had the generators, there would have been minimal problems?

Cant soemone talk about Germany not being in a major fault line, or how they have alternative emergency power to avoid what happened in Japan? Won't soemone with backbone come forward and say that to leave all nuclear energy from the Germany landscape is destructive and not constructive? Can't one German Politician say, hey, lets take the Merkel path for investment, but until we have it nailed down, and can do things as cheap as or better, lets stay the course and work on inventing the best form of energy-whatever that will be.

Why must we overreact so that special interests can have their way-even if logic says it could be the worst idea of all of them?
01:33 May 14, 2011 by krautrock
Why people should vote for CDU if they are like the Greens? And why people should vote if ALL the parties are like the Greens?
04:18 May 14, 2011 by Wise Up!
You'll be sorry!!!!!!!!!!
04:58 May 14, 2011 by MfromUSA
Germany will NOT be sorry. Germany will be clean. the nuclear industry has never gotten serious about their waste products. We can't plan for all possible events that could cause nuclear accidents.

The USA needs to get on board and get other forms of energy. we have wasted many decades, but the time is here to do something meaningful.

BRAVO Germany! I applaud your decision. A less toxic world perhaps?
17:44 May 14, 2011 by DanielS
Nuclear reactors will be only at north, west, south and east of Germany. But not inside! Germany will be safe!

Also all others European countries agree Germany going non-nuclear. But if Germany will have some energy problems in the future, don¦#39;t worry. The rest of Europe will sell electrical energy to Germany. Of course, our sources may not be safe as Germany sources.
17:00 May 19, 2011 by Thorsten
Damn hippies! The media is dominated by the anti-atom lobby and they push their crazy agenda,.

We have nuclear plants, let us use them!
22:11 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.


"..Ampenergo was founded by Karl Norwood, Richard Noceti, Robert Gentile and Craig Cassarino. It is important to note that Robert Gentile was the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) during the early 1990's. This helps confirm Rossi's claim that tests of the E-Cat have been observed by the U.S. Department of Defense and the DOE. It is very likely that at least certain individuals in the DOD and DOE are aware and interested in the Energy Catalyzer. However, their silence is deafening.
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