09 May '11, 12pm

Germany’s Unlikely Champion Of a Radical Green Energy Path

Germany’s Unlikely Champion Of a Radical Green Energy Path

Germany’s Unlikely Champion Of a Radical Green Energy Path The disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan convinced German Chancellor Angela Merkel that nuclear power would never again be a viable option for her country. Now Merkel has embarked on the world’s most ambitious plan to power an industrial economy on renewable sources of energy. by christian schwägerl German Chancellor Angela Merkel is anything but a left-wing greenie. The party she leads, the Christian Democratic Union, is the political equivalent of the Republicans in the U.S. Her coalition government is decidedly pro-business. Often described as Europe’s most powerful politician, Merkel’s top priority is job creation and economic growth. Yet if the chancellor succeeds with her new energy policy, she will become the first leader to transform an industrialized nation from nuclear and fossil fuel energy to renewa...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/germanys_unlikely_champion_o...

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