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  •  None of that matters if 90 percent of the (0+ / 0-)

    population prefers renewable energy over nuclear energy. We'll see if it was "bad thinking" or not in about 10 or 20 years, doubtful it will play out earlier than that. The critical year will be 2024, by which time the rest of the nuclear power plants will have been phased out

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

    by translatorpro on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 01:55:38 PM PST

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    •  That wasn't the argument (0+ / 0-)

      I was commenting on. The point I was referring to was the assertion that Merkel the Engineer made the decision she did on the basis of sound logic, when she didn't. As you just pointed out, she did so because the voters like it a lot and the tsunami on the other side of the earth scared them. Merkel is good at exploiting public fear, like a lot of uninspiring politicians. Glad to see you agree with me.

      The bottom line is that Germany is burning more coal. As long as that's the case, it doesn't really matter what else they do.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 02:10:10 PM PST

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      •  My point is you are passing judgement based (1+ / 0-)
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        on the wrong assumptions. And Merkel did not make the decision alone - remember, the CDU is the CONSERVATIVE party in coalition with first the SPD, and then later the FDP. The tsunami per se did not "scare them", the thinking is much more complicated than that. You don't appear to understand that the German mentality cannot be compared to the American one, and that one cannot use an American yardstick to judge another culture - it doesn't work and will always be skewed. That's the nature of cultural differences, and one reason there are wars. Your set of expectations and approach to getting something done are different from theirs. In addition, you are simplifying facts and ignoring others, which is quite an American thing, not a German one. The topic is much more complex than you are able to fathom, it appears.
        In a nutshell: The diarist used ONE year of statistics, and Rei and Lawrence and a few others point out that the diarist left out a lot of other facts from the SAME link the diarist posted, which would be salient to his point and change the picture, something like taking one piece of a 1000-piece puzzle and drawing conclusions about the end product without knowing what the finished puzzle looks like.

        This -->  http://www.dailykos.com/...

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

        by translatorpro on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 02:51:27 PM PST

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        •  OK. I give up! (0+ / 0-)

          I clearly know nothing about German politics!

          For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

          by Anne Elk on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:40:21 PM PST

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