Monday, May 30, 2011

Merkel Reveals Her Inner Confusion

If this is the product of a PhD in physics using her education or brain then whoever gave Angela Merkel her doctorate should ask for it back.....

BERLIN - Europe's economic powerhouse, Germany, announced plans Monday to abandon nuclear energy over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hopes the transformation to more solar, wind and hydroelectric power serves as a roadmap for other countries.
  • "We believe that we can show those countries who decide to abandon nuclear power — or not to start using it — how it is possible to achieve growth, creating jobs and economic prosperity while shifting the energy supply toward renewable energies," Merkel said.
  • Merkel's government said it will shut down all 17 nuclear power plants in Germany — the world's fourth-largest economy and Europe's biggest — by 2022. The government had no immediate estimate of the transition's overall cost.
  • The plan sets Germany apart from most of the other major industrialized nations. Among the other Group of Eight countries, only Italy has abandoned nuclear power, which was voted down in a referendum after the 1986 Chornobyl disaster.
  • The decision represents a remarkable about-face for Merkel's centre-right government, which only late last year pushed through a plan to extend the life span of the country's reactors, with the last scheduled to go offline around 2036. But Merkel, who holds a Ph.D. in physics, said industrialized, technologically advanced Japan's "helplessness" in the face of the Fukushima disaster made her rethink the technology's risks.

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Anonymous Personal Home Inspector said...

With the recent nuclear failure in Japan no wonder why there stepping another precautionary measures. But having all said, knowing they are highly industrialized country it bugs me where would they get huge amount of energy to sustain their status of living?

6/01/2011 4:12 a.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

This is knee jerk reaction based not on facts but on political expedience.

6/01/2011 6:43 a.m.  
Anonymous Home Inspector Marketing said...

It's a good idea to phase out nuclear power plants not only in Germany but as well in other places that uses this kind of power source. I'm not good at science and I only know few about this stuff, but look what happen tsunami hit Japan and Fukushima's power plant. You can site that as an example.

6/01/2011 9:29 p.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

I disagree about it being a good idea.

I will say that many old plants need to be shut down and will be ... because this is a function of their design.

When nuclear plants are planned and built there is a life cycle built into their operating plan.

6/02/2011 7:06 p.m.  

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