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Germany's nuclear power phaseout turns off environmentalists

 

After Germany last year committed to closing its nuclear reactors, it's relying more on coal and importing power from neighbors that use nuclear energy.
KLEINENSIEL, Germany — When the German government shut down half the country's nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, followed two months later by a pledge to abandon nuclear power within a decade, environmentalists cheered.

A year later, however, criticism of the nuclear shutdown is emerging from a surprising source: some of the very activists who pushed for the phaseout.

They say poor planning of the shutdown and political opportunism by the government have actually worsened the toll on the environment in Germany, and Europe, at least in the short term.

To make up for the lost nuclear power, which supplied 22% of Germany's electricity before the phaseout began, the country has increased its reliance on brown coal, a particularly high emitter of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and a major contributor to global warming. Brown coal now supplies 25% of Germany's electricity, up from 23% a year ago.

Previously a net exporter of electricity, Germany now imports as much electricity as it sells abroad. Removing so much German electricity from the market has benefited power companies in neighboring countries that rely heavily on coal and nuclear power, thereby undermining Germany's environmental goals and its nuclear safety concerns.

Although abandoning nuclear power is expected to eventually clear the way for the development of renewable energy, in which Germany is already a world leader, the environmental effect so far has been problematic.

That from the Chicago Tribune here:

FULL:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/...

The story speaks for itself. Oh well.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

    by davidwalters on Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 02:03:45 PM PDT

  •  Global Warming will save them . . . (7+ / 0-)

    they won't need electricity at night or in the Winter or when the wind don't blow . . . so burning more coal now solves the problem for tomorrow.

    Really . . . it's a good thing . . .

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 02:33:37 PM PDT

    •  Have faith in NEW DIRECTIONS that don't kill. (5+ / 0-)

      Take poison nuke $ and put it toward alternate energy directions.  Cheaper, faster, does not need insurance or taxpayers to supplements like nukes... or have killing poison with nowhere to go...

      Guys, these dinosaurs are done.  They have and continue to do enough damage.  NO MORE.

            TEPCO admits FALSIFIED REPORTS!!!

         NARRATOR: Kimura used to operate the reactors and maintained the fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. He confessed that TEPCO has deceived the government, which regulates the nuclear power plants, in a number of ways.

          KIMURA: As a part of operational management of the nuclear power plant, we used to rewrite the daily operative reports.

       We used to access the computer to falsify the data when things weren’t going our way.
      http://enenews.com/...

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      (UPDATED) Explosion at Petrochemical Complex in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Radioactive Waste Stored at the Complex

      Mitsui Chemical's petroleum complex in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture had an explosion and a fire at about 2:20 AM on April 22, 2012, according to Yomiuri Shinbun (4/22/2012).

      Someone on Twitter has dug up information from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) that lists companies that have radioactive waste on the premise. Mitsui Chemical's complex in Yamaguchi Prefecture is one of them. According to the MEXT data from 2009, the complex has 3,379 containers of nuclear waste.

      Explosions are still on-going, and the firefighters cannot come near the plant.
      http://ex-skf.blogspot.ca/...

  •  Golly Gosh.....who coulda seen this coming? (9+ / 0-)
  •  They would have said "unexpectedly" (9+ / 0-)

    except it wasn't.

    •  I think the odd thing is that Germany might well (7+ / 0-)

      dive down this dark hole while Japan might actually reverse course, or part way. The gov't is laying down new regs for restarting their nukes.

      Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

      by davidwalters on Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 03:16:21 PM PDT

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      •  NO MORE. Clean it up with poison profits. (2+ / 0-)
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        S F Hippie, splashy
        Public opposition to nuclear power now runs hot in Japan. Far from fading over the last year, opposition seems to have expanded to a solid majority of citizens nationwide, putting both Noda’s government and Japan’s big business community (which needs the electricity) in a very difficult spot. The reason for that is the debacle of Fukushima Daiichi—the six-reactor power station owned and operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) —and the many questions that still surround the terrifying events that began on March 11, 2011.
        http://enenews.com/...
        --
        List Of Countries/Nations Closing Down ALL Nuclear Power Plants; via A Green Road Blog
        http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/...
        --
        75% US Nuclear Plants Leaking Toxic Tritium Radiation Into Drinking Water Supply; via A Green Road Blog
        http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/...
        •  Another gas bag cheering mindlessly for coal. (4+ / 0-)
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          Neuroptimalian, bryfry, Mcrab, gzodik

          There is NOT ONE rote dogmatic anti-nuke on this whole fucking planet who has even the slightest idea of what poison is.

          They don't give a fuck about mercury or for that matter about aerosolized uranium from coal.

          USGS:  Radioactive elements in coal.

          You would think, given that anti-nukes are obsessive paranoids about radiation, a subject about which they are particularly illiterate, even as they piggishly gorge themselves in feasts of fear, ignorance and superstition, that this would give them pause to think, but no, thinking is a completely  alien practice for this set of people with withered moral senses.

          As it turns out - as any literate person knows - the carbon particles from coal are worse than the uranium that coal dumps.

          The fact that these asses in the anti-nuke dogma club are all scientifically illiterate does NOT give them the right to deposit carbon particles in the lung tissue of every god damned lung containing organism on earth.

          The ignorance, fear, and superstition of anti-nukes kills people, about 3.3 million per year according to the World Health Organization.

          What's remarkable is that disinterested obsessive anti-nukes are proud of their direct responsibility for this outcome.

          Nuclear power is the world's largest, by far, source of climate change gas free energy and has remained so for more than thirty years, despite much illiterate sloganeering and chanting from oppressively stupid people.

          Have a nice day tomorrow, coal breath.

          •  The ONLY coal mentioned is from YOU. Always. (1+ / 0-)
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            PreciousLittle

            YOU ALWAYS DIVERT attention from the topic to coal, regardless... keep it up - it won't change the absolute sick truth of this ongoing meltdown and spread of killing radiation... from leaking nuke plants or burning radiation - happening RIGHT NOW FOLKS.
            -------------

            http://enenews.com/...

            Explosion at Japan chemical complex, still burning — 3,379 containers of nuclear waste onsite — Reports of depleted uranium — Gov’t says no release of toxic material (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

            UPDATED: Second explosion at Mitsui plant -- FNN confirms depleted uranium -- Kyodo: 3,400 drums with radioactive materials -- "Did not appear to have any effect on radiation levels" (VIDEOS)

            Title: (UPDATED) Explosion at Petrochemical Complex in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Radioactive Waste Stored at the Complex
            Source: EXSKF
            Date: April 21, 2012

                UPDATE: One of the two missing workers was found dead. 9 workers injured, 3 residents in the area were also injured (cuts from broken glass). It looks like part of the complex is still burning. The prefectural government does say the depleted uranium is stored at the complex, but there has been no release of toxic materials from the fire, according to the prefectural government. [...]

                Someone on Twitter has dug up information from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) that lists companies that have radioactive waste on the premise. Mitsui Chemical’s complex in Yamaguchi Prefecture is one of them. According to the MEXT data from 2009, the complex has 3,379 containers of nuclear waste. [...]

                http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/...
                http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/...

            •  Wow! (0+ / 0-)

              Two workers dead, nine workers injured, three members of the public injured, and the petrocomplex is still burning!

              Boy, it sure is a good thing that Japan is importing trillions more tonnes of highly inflammable, highly explosive material to makeup for the electricity that is no longer produced by country's closed nuclear plants!

              /sarc

              The funny part is that I actually don't think that Russgirl realizes that she has just provided excellent support for many of the points that NNadir was trying to make.

              Japan is the third-largest net importer of crude oil in the world. It is the world's largest importer of both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal. And these were the statistics before it shut down its nuclear plants. Japan's LNG imports are up over 22% compared to before the reactors were shut down.

              A fool is nauseous, but a coward worse.
              -- Dryden

              by bryfry on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 04:39:00 PM PDT

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        •  Too funny (1+ / 0-)
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          gzodik
          List Of Countries/Nations Closing Down ALL Nuclear Power Plants
          That would be one, the country mentioned in this diary with environmentalists complaining that the decision has lead to more pollution. Such a long list.

          A fool is nauseous, but a coward worse.
          -- Dryden

          by bryfry on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 05:57:53 AM PDT

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  •  heckuva job, greenies! (n/t) (3+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, Neuroptimalian, bryfry
  •  Chicago Tribune is anti-environmentalist (2+ / 0-)
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    chipoliwog, splashy

    Getting off nukes isn't easy but the Germans and Japanese are making a good effort.

    •  good? brown coal? are you joking or what?! (7+ / 0-)

      Reasonable people can agree and disagree about nuclear power.

      But what's damn clear from every climate report that comes out, is that coal, particularly brown coal, is the biggest threat to the future of our species since bubonic plague.  

      If Germany wants to phase out fission for solar and wind, the way to do that is by building the solar and wind capacity and then phasing out the nuclear as they do so.  NOT by just switching off the reactors and then scratching their heads and reaching for the coal shovel.  

      This is a first-class fuckup of large magnitude.

      Turn the darn reactors back on and do some engineering.

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 06:34:52 PM PDT

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