Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Germany, Merkel Rethinking Nuclear Power

From Deutsche Welle, more on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call to restore Germany's nuclear energy program:

Although Merkel has long championed a three-way mix in electrical power generation—fossil, renewables and nuclear—she has in the past been cautious in openly advocating a reverse in official government policy to phase out nuclear power by 2021.

That all changed at a top-level weekend meeting of her Christian Democrats (CDU) and its Bavarian sister-party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), in the Bavarian town of Erding.

The anti-nuclear decision, passed into law by the government of her Social Democrat predecessor Gerhard Schroeder, was "absolutely wrong," Merkel said as the meeting ended Monday.

At a joint press conference, French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his country's interest in partnering with Germany:
"The desire of the French is to work with our German friends to produce nuclear energy".
President Bush begins his final, eight-day European tour in Germany on Tuesday. Here's hoping we don't read (or see) any more about his desires and Chancellor Merkel. Yeeshk.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If Germany signs on, is Austria the only one not on the European nuclear train?

Alexandra Prokopenko said...

Sweden also had an antinuclear program and was planning to close all nuclear facilities by 2008, but it is obvious now that won't happen. At least those working will remain, but still unclear whether there will be new ones constructed in Sweden in the nearest future.