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Monday
Jul092007

Merkel Forced To Accept That Germany Needs Nuclear Power

Having previously planned to phase out all of Germany's nuclear power plants by the 2020's, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been forced to admit that Germany needs nuclear power.

Merkel Forced To Accept That Germany Needs Nuclear Power

The planned closing down of the nuclear power plants clashes with Germany's targets for climate change. Indeed, a government commissioned study showed that Merkel's targets for CO2 emissions were unfeasible without nuclear power.

The green party is a strong force in Germany, but it looks like the German government has been forced to choose between combating global warming and shutting down nuclear power plants. They have chosen to battle climate change, which Merkel is passionate about, and so need nuclear power in order to do so.

Mrs Merkel set the target of a 20 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions within the EU by 2020 when she had the presidency recently. For Germany, she has set a 40 per cent target, but this study shows that Germany needs to keep nuclear power to meet these goals.

They have not realised it yet, but it is likely that Germany and other developed countries will not only need to maintain their fleet of nuclear plant, but will also need to expand it and build more plants, if they want to seriously have an impact on climate change and reliance on fossil fuels. The UK and some other countries have already expressed plans to build more reactors, such as the 4 reactors the UK government announced recently. A recent study showed that the world needs 3000 nuclear plants to seriously effect global warming, so the last move governments want to make is abandoning nuclear energy.

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Reader Comments (2)

Nobody talks about the nuclear waste, anymore.
Have they found an economical way to shoot it out of the earth's orbit into the sun?
In the obvious absence of that option, where do they bury all that stuff now? Have they found a safe way to do that, so that our descendants, in ten thousand years don't suddenly get a big surprise?
If you have pertinent info, would you write me?

William

July 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterwilliam behrens

William,

Currently the world has no means of getting rid of the nuclear waste other than to bury it.
The most logical policy in our opinion is not to bury the waste, but to keep it in holding areas. In 50-100 years time we may have developed the technology to destroy the radioactivity of the waste, and so we should not bury it, but wait until we can deal with it. France currently follows this policy.

As for sending it blasting off into space, not only is this extremely expensive but there are also safety concerns such as what if the rocket has an accident and exploded on take off or stops at 30,000 feet and comes crashing back to earth.

The best option is to wait until we can deal with the waste through a safe and economical process.

July 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterUranium Stocks

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