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Sun Nov 4, 2012, 09:16 AM

Bulletin: German nuclear exit delivers economic, environmental benefits

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/sp-bgn110112.php

Public release date: 1-Nov-2012

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Bulletin: German nuclear exit delivers economic, environmental benefits

Following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 2011, the German government took the nation's eight oldest reactors offline immediately and passed legislation that will close the last nuclear power plant by 2022. This nuclear phase-out had overwhelming political support in Germany. Elsewhere, many saw it as "panic politics," and the online business magazine Forbes.com went as far as to ask, in a headline, whether the decision was "Insane -- or Just Plain Stupid."

But a special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, "The German Nuclear Exit," shows that the nuclear shutdown and an accompanying move toward renewable energy are already yielding measurable economic and environmental benefits, with one top expert calling the German phase-out a probable game-changer for the nuclear industry worldwide.

In his overview article, "From Brokdorf to Fukushima: The long journey to nuclear phase-out," Princeton researcher Alexander Glaser puts the German nuclear exit in its historical context, which includes massive, civil war-like confrontations between antinuclear demonstrators and police. Because of longstanding public opposition to nuclear power, by the 1990s few in German political life seriously entertained the idea of new reactor construction. And, Glaser notes, Germany's decision last year to pursue a nuclear phase-out was anything but precipitous; serious planning to shutter the nuclear industry and greatly expand alternative energy production began more than a decade ago. "Germany's nuclear phase-out could provide a proof-of-concept, demonstrating the political and technical feasibility of abandoning a controversial high-risk technology. Germany's nuclear phase-out, successful or not, is likely to become a game changer for nuclear energy worldwide," Glaser concludes.

Also in the Bulletin's special issue on "The German Nuclear Exit": Freie Universitšt Berlin politics professor Miranda Schreurs says the nuclear phase-out and accompanying shift to renewable energy have brought financial benefits to farmers, investors, and small business; Felix Matthes of the Institute for Applied Ecology in Berlin concludes the phase-out will have only small and temporary effects on electricity prices and the German economy; University of Kassel legal experts Alexander Rossnagel and Anja Hentschel explain why electric utilities are unlikely to succeed in suing the government over the shutdown; and Lutz Mez, co-founder of Freie Universitӓt Berlin's Environmental Policy Research Center, presents what may be the most startling finding of all. The shift to alternative energy sources being pursued in parallel with the German nuclear exit has reached a climate change milestone, Mez writes: "It has actually decoupled energy from economic growth, with the country's energy supply and carbon-dioxide emissions dropping from 1990 to 2011, even as its gross domestic product rose by 36 percent."

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"The German Nuclear Exit" by John Mecklin published 01November 2012 in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

"From Brokdorf to Fukushima: The long journey to nuclear phase-out", by Alexander Glaser published 01November 2012 in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Select articles from the issue will be free to access for a limited time here: http://bos.sagepub.com/

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences. The Bulletin was established in 1945 by scientists, engineers, and other experts who had created the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project. http://bos.sagepub.com

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Sun Nov 4, 2012, 09:23 AM

1. The US Right Wing, Funded By Big Oil, Will Be Dead Set Against A Similar Policy In The States

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Response to cantbeserious (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:18 PM

2. That same right wing should be tried for crimes against humanity.

Whether for their unabashed support and lust for torture or for their cavalier attitude towards climate change and basic science, the right wing of the American political scene should be held accountable and tried like the criminals they are.

The fact that Germany is eating our lunch in researching and implementing renewable energy should be elevated to the highest levels of national defense. They may be allies, but allies who look around the NATO table and see us as the crazy uncle of the group... Enough lunacy about building more ships and bigger bombs or more troops...what we need is a dependable renewable energy plan that stops sending all of our money to other countries, stops the pollution of our land, air and water and brings us face to face with combating climate change in a serious way.

These freaks on the right are going to be the end of us all if we do not rid ourselves of their poisonous influence soon...

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Sun Nov 4, 2012, 06:13 PM

3. Agreed - However, Violence Will Not Solve The Problem, Though Money Can Help

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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:45 PM

4. recommended!

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