Friday, February 06, 2009

German reactions to Swedish decision

Everybody seems to be treating the Swedish government's decision about future nuclear power stations as a done deal, while there is something to be said for the comment Sam Goldwyn is supposed to have made: "My indecision is final".

Der Spiegel looks at German reactions and finds various people arguing that it is time for that country to rethink its incoherent stance on the subject.
Sweden's decision means that Germany is the only country in Europe still intent on phasing out nuclear energy. The government of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder passed the phase-out law in 2000 and the last reactor is set to go off line in 13 years. But despite a decade of programs meant to promote wind, solar and biomass energy, alternative sources made up just 14 percent of the country's supply as of last summer. Much of the rest of Germany's power comes from coal-fired power plants, hardly an appetizing alternative amid accelerating global warming.
Of course, as the boss keeps writing with copious references, global warming is not exactly accelerating but there is an unfortunate political aspect to the problem. Does Germany really want to be at Russia's beck and call in the future?