When the Greens go against green
A few days ago Germany’s Prime Minister Angela Merkel announced that her country will completely phase out nuclear energy by 2022. This decision has more to do with the recent electoral debacle Ms. Merkel party experienced in a local election that took place in the City State of Bremen than with a sudden passion for renewable energy. Ms. Merkel heavy defeat, her party was ranked third in electoral score behind the green party, bodes very bad for the near future of the Christian Democrats ; Germany has general parlementary elections scheduled in 2013. This defeat follows other set backs experienced in Mecklenburg-Pommern or in Bade Wurtenberg where a Green Prime Minister was recently elected.
These reasons are that nuclear is a mature, safe and economical, low carbon emission, and available 24/7. Many would think that the challenge is worth a try because nuclear power represents only 23% of German’s electricity generation and the country will not have too much trouble reaching this ambitious goal in 11 years only. But how good will really be this decision on the environment ?