No More Nukes?

Not in Germany, anyway.

Via the AFP:  Germany to scrap nuclear power by 2022.

This is in response to the disaster in Japan.

Of course, with growing concerns about the environmental impact of the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity, the abandonment of nuclear power begs the question of where the energy is going to come from.

Currently Germany gets 22% of its electricity from the plants that are now slated to be mothballed.

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Comments

  1. Boyd says:

    Wind turbines. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

  2. michael reynolds says:

    This is a big nail in the coffin of US nuclear power.

  3. DC Loser says:

    The only abundant source of energy indigenous to Germany is its massive repository of lignite coal, which is by far the ‘dirtiest’ type of coal. I understand they are starting to do more mining of the stuff. Perhaps the Germans are going to invest more in ‘clean coal’ technology to meet its future energy needs.

  4. Wiley Stoner says:

    Wonder what happens to power when tornados hit windmills? I guess people like Reynolds have BS powered generators which should be able to power a small city at no cost. All you need is a picture of Palin placed infront of Mikey and the BS would fly, thereby supplying all the power needed.

  5. Southern Hoosier says:

    Less nuclear plants in Europe means more dependence on Russian gas.

    Europe’s Dangerous Dependence on Russian Gas

    http://goo.gl/jWxtP

  6. michael reynolds says:

    Wiley:

    Actually, I support nuclear power.

  7. matt says:

    That’s too bad the Germans could be helping lead the way into adoption of generation IV reactors so we can start burning the radioactive waste from all the old reactors currently still in use…

  8. matt says:

    I don’t see it as a good thing to have Germany be more dependent on Russian gas.. Coal mining is a dirty environmental disaster of a job..

  9. Jay Tea says:

    I’m no geologist, but I haven’t heard about Germany having issues with earthquakes. This sounds like a bit of unnecessary and self-defeating panic.

    J.