Germany is shutting down its three remaining nuclear plants. Nuclear is the cleanest energy we have. When the West sanctioned Russia, they lost about half their fuel. As they move to unreliable wind and solar, they will become dependent on China.
The government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, which includes the fiercely anti-nuclear Greens, wanted to shut them down sooner but agreed to extend the life of the plants to April 15.
Coal still accounts for a third of German electricity production, with an eight percent increase last year to compensate for the loss of Russian gas.
The country would need to install “four to five wind turbines a day” over the next few years to meet its needs, Scholz has warned — a tall order given that just 551 were installed last year, Insider reports.
Germany also needs to more than double the rate at which it is installing photovoltaic equipment, according to the Agora Energiewende think tank.
NEW 🚨 Germany will shut down its three remaining nuclear plants on Saturday, betting that it can fulfil its green ambitions without atomic power despite the energy crisis caused by the Ukraine war
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) April 11, 2023
People on Twitter don’t think much of Germany’s latest move.
Germany right now ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/j57nQwHyRb
— European Insider (@Europa_Insider) April 11, 2023
They are importing truckloads of coal from South Africa though. This is all just theatre.
— ♍️🌺Ms.Whatzmyname (@_whatzmyname) April 11, 2023
The green future pic.twitter.com/1t3yG1R6JY
— Nokåh 🇳🇴✊🏻 (@Nordic_Goyim) April 11, 2023
— Casper J. Nuclear advocate 🇩🇰 (@casperj33081634) April 11, 2023
Germany doesn’t even have enough land for their population. They will need a lot more for wind and solar.
Norwegian Environmental Activist webpage with calculation /sources 1/2https://t.co/YP0YTpqW5d
— Andreas Richwin (@energiegruppen) February 21, 2023
— Andreas Richwin (@energiegruppen) February 22, 2023