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    Fukushima didn't change Germany's energy policy. The Renewable Energy Resources Act 2000 has been in place for 10 years (enacted a little later than the drawing up), Angela Merkel's government - because of the giant utilities - pushed through nuclear power plant extensions of 12 - 14 years six months before the earthquake, which the populace and the opposition weren't happy about, but went along with. Then Fukushima happened, there was a huge outcry among the populace (Germans remember Chernobyl and clouds of radiation wafting across their neighborhoods all too vividly), the pols ran the numbers and beat a hasty retreat on the extensions. So Angela Merkel didn't change anything, she just reverted to the original policy that had already been in place for a number of years.

    There is no fear of similar incidents (major earthquake with subsequent tsunami at all,  a claim some pro-nuke advocates like to ridicule Germany's decision with, it was security issues in general and the fact that the Germans just do not like the idea of nuclear power plants in their backyards. The government has long concluded they can never keep their nuclear power plants completely safe from terrorism, and that is the main concern. Not natural disasters, which leads me to being somewhat leery of poor countries building nuclear power plants. Can they really keep them 100% safe? I think they would be better served with renewables, on many levels. Very simply: it's all about money. Renewables deprive big utilities  or somebody - of big profits.

    „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

    by translatorpro on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 12:03:39 AM PDT

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