Comments on: What’s really behind Merkel’s nuclear U-turn? http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2011/03/29/whats-really-behind-merkels-nuclear-u-turn/ Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Janeallen http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2011/03/29/whats-really-behind-merkels-nuclear-u-turn/comment-page-1/#comment-24623 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 03:39:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=10360#comment-24623 Germany’s response to the Japanese nuclear crisis is sensible, whether it is politically motivated or not.

Germany halted all the 1st generation, older nuclear plants that were built similarly as the problematic Japanese plants. Experts have adequately explained why the newer generations have incorporated safety features that would have prevented the current Japanese nuclear disaster.

Germany is a relatively small country compared to Russia or the United States. If there is a nuclear leak, it is much more likely to affect many more people, and a higher percentage of the total German population. The result could be much more detrimental to the German economy than Chernobyl, which was relatively far away from the most highly populated Russian cities.

So I think Merkel’s policy was prudent and reasonable.

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By: peac3 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2011/03/29/whats-really-behind-merkels-nuclear-u-turn/comment-page-1/#comment-24537 Sun, 03 Apr 2011 12:27:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=10360#comment-24537 We Germans already have made the experience of a merely unhabitable country. In WWII our cities and even small towns were bombed and incinerated to dust and rubble. We nearly ceased to exist and the younger generations haven’t forgotten this dark chapter in our history.
Please forgive us, but we are not eager to “live” through another experience of this sort. Japan shows that you can make large areas of your country uninhabitable due to a single nuclear plant accident. We are not willing to risk losing our (comparatively small) country, that is the main reason why we are against nuclear plants.

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By: HanFei-tzu http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2011/03/29/whats-really-behind-merkels-nuclear-u-turn/comment-page-1/#comment-24487 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:02:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=10360#comment-24487 Nuclear power carries obvious inherent dangers, but is there a sustainable alternative? With oil prices rising dramatically as world demand keeps pace, can Germany realistically quit nuclear power cold turkey? Investing in the research and implementation of alternative energies is a laudable goal, and one that will become necessary in the near future. However, this will require time and money, both of which will be spent frivolously on expanding fossil fuel energy production capabilities if Merkel pushes forward on creating a nuclear-free Germany. Instead of back-tracking, Germany should maintain its current facilities while looking ahead to new power sources.

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By: oilatanyprice http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2011/03/29/whats-really-behind-merkels-nuclear-u-turn/comment-page-1/#comment-24417 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:30:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=10360#comment-24417 oilatanyprice..merkels u turn cont.And besides which since France has 54 reactors of its own just across the line and have no intention of blowing cold on their own energy strategy of nuclear dependency how is Germany lessening the dangers to itself by getting out of nuclear?Heaven forbid a nuclear disaster happening one day in France but if the unthinkable were to happen no line on the map of a nuclear free Germany is going to help its citizens in the least,is it?Seems to me europes scientific community needs to find an answer,pretty fast.

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By: oilatanyprice http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2011/03/29/whats-really-behind-merkels-nuclear-u-turn/comment-page-1/#comment-24416 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:15:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/?p=10360#comment-24416 Germanys admirable long term economic planning resulting in the positioning of itself to taking advantage of the global economy,is a lesson to which this country is attempting to emulate.All credit to them.Good luck to us if we ever get there.So now whats the trick? How is Germany proposing to close down perhaps 20% of its electricity capacity and on top, have to plan for alternative ways to fuel transport(more electricity to produce hydrogen,probably)as oil costs propel towards the $200 a barrel mark over the next ten years?

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