02 Nov '11, 9pm

Germany’s nuclear phaseout was the right thing to do:

Germany’s nuclear phaseout was the right thing to do:

Photo: Dan Zelazo Ever since Germany shut down eight of its nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, nuclear proponents have raged against the decision. Their claim: This cannot possibly be good for the German economy, its energy security, or the climate. The latest example of this rage is a piece in The New Republic : "How Germany Phased Out Nuclear Power, Only to Get Mugged by Reality ." Before digging deeper into the arguments, let's figure out just what reality we're talking about. As I've written before , Germany, Europe's biggest economy, is aggressively pursuing a transition away from both nuclear power and conventional fossil fuels. It will likely encounter the challenges -- and reap the benefits -- of this strategy before other countries. Some analysts have hypothesized that Germany's 20-year support for renewable energy would place a drag on th...

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