23 Mar '12, 6pm

Why Germany is phasing out nuclear power, @drgrist

Why Germany is phasing out nuclear power, @drgrist

Germany is involved in a wildly ambitious overhaul of its power system . Its official targets are to hit 35 percent renewable power by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. The Green Party advocates for 100 percent by 2030. The most controversial aspect of this power overhaul is Germany’s post-Fukushima decision to completely phase out nuclear power by 2020, which caused the heads of Very Serious People to explode on multiple continents. To many, passing ambitious low-carbon energy goals and then axing a good chunk of your low-carbon energy seems irrational and self-defeating. There are good-faith debates to be had about the speed of the phaseout and its proximate effects. It will probably lead to a temporary increase in carbon pollution. The hope is that it will accelerate the transition to renewables. Putting those questions aside, though, I want to focus on one of the deeper deb...

Full article: http://grist.org/renewable-energy/why-germany-is-phasing-...

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