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Fri Jun 21, 2013, 09:16 PM

1. That original Breakthrough piece had so many holes in it

that I'm surprised anyone responded to it, but this article punctured so many other myths it may have been worth the effort. Like so many other similar articles, the Breakthrough Institute was hiding misunderstanding and deception behind the culture and language barriers. But as long as they can talk about price, even if it's wrong in the details, they think they're going to win something.

At its root though, the entire argument over price is undercut because Germans have rejected the Faustian bargain over price and have maintained low consumption, about half the consumption per capita of the US. That not only makes a transition easier, it ends price manipulations of public sentiment.

Instead, they've demanded more local control, grid integration, and cooperation with renewables. This is something the nuclear industry would not, or could not do. This goes back to the 1980's and was ultimately more significant than the protests or headlines over safety, price, or security.

As Craig Morris has said, Germans tend to think like engineers, not economists.

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