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    which gives additional perspective on Merkel's decision; perhaps calmer heads will prevail eventually.

    •  The problem actually has nothing to do with (1+ / 0-)
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      It has to do with the German public.

      I had the occassion to debate a German scientist on nuclear energy not two hours ago.

      He told me all about killing sheep after Chernobyl blah, blah, blah...

      He's managing investments in (sigh) algae based biofuels.

      We talked a good hour and a half and I'll tell you what, I actually believe that the wheels in his mind are turning and let me tell you something he was quite emotional when I told him that algael biofuels will never be as safe, as clean nor as sustainable as nuclear energy.

      Fukushima is becoming quite useful in thought experiments.    I asked him to imagine the death toll Greenpeace would have predicted if a 9.0 earthquake followed by a 15 meter tsunami, and then we discussed Austrian air during a biomass burning festival in winter.

      His wheels are turning.

      But he has a doctorate and he's been around the industrial and scientific world.

      Nevertheless, the German public may have a more difficult time thinking than even the American public, and that, frankly, is pathetic.

      The German public and the rest of humanity mostly deserves what they are going to get.

      It breaks my heart to know this, as I am human, but I see no way out.

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