“Where I said I say, I say Diego” is a Spanish saying that applies perfectly to Germany in particular and to the European Union in particular. It has taken a war in the heart of Europe for European bureaucrats to realize how wrong they were about energy. One cannot explain to the world that it is the cleanest territory in the world without the appropriate technology and without the necessary resources to pollute zero. Starting with citizens – up to 300 million Europeans – shocked by reality: it turns out that zero emissions basically meant going bankrupt, being all much poorer even though they sold it as the quintessence of progressivism cool.
Backing up. Germany burns coal like there is no tomorrow. Germany opens the door not to close nuclear power plants. Reality always prevails, and usually comes face to face with unicorns no matter how colorful they are painted. The daily Politico reported it this week: nuclear power plants are supposed to be phased out by the end of this year, “but Russia’s war in Ukraine and the gas crisis could force Berlin to reconsider its plans.”
Seems to me that Germany and some other European countries have left nuclear power behind.
However France still gets 70% of its power from nuclear.https://t.co/30XDCgiNf9.
Food for thoughts?
Germany’s Scholz says switch back to coal and oil ‘temporary’https://t.co/6vKTIgVgJz
— Phil Day ???????????????? (@pday12) July 16, 2022
The energy transition will be slower, more thought out and, above all, feasible. Bureaucrats and politicians use terms like “temporary”, “extraordinary delay”, but the reality is what it is: winter is coming and Europe does not have reliable green energy sources to maintain its economic activity. Moreover, even if it had them, the citizens could not pay for it.
The German government indicated on Monday a potential change in the closure of the country’s three remaining nuclear power plants planned for December 2022. Berlin is considering whether to leave these facilities in operation for longer and whether this decision could help increase the country’s energy security.
Germany may extend the life of its three remaining nuclear power plants, the German economy ministry said on Monday, as public support rises in the face of a possible cut-off of Russian gas. The three plants made up 6% of Germany’s power production.https://t.co/5OGZdPJJh1
—Nuclear Power? Yes Please (@intpress2) July 20, 2022
A spokesman for the Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection told reporters in Berlin that the government had commissioned energy providers to carry out a stress test for Germany’s power grid to determine whether power supply could be guaranteed this winter. even if there are serious disruptions like Russia cutting off its gas suppliess, which are used in part to generate power in Germany. This stress test would be conducted under stricter assumptions than the test they conducted last spring, according to the spokesman, adding that it “will be finalized in the coming weeks.”
Shade sticks fall. Now it turns out that it was not true that once you started to shut down a nuclear plant, the plan “could not be changed” because of the risks involved. It was not true, apparently not only can the decision be reversed – if necessary – but nothing happens.
The phasing out of Germany’s last three nuclear plants is a highly sensitive decision for the ruling coalition: The Greens, who govern with Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats and the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), have pushed for decades to put end the use of nuclear energy. until last Monday this was the official position of the Scholz government.
Germany: On second thought, maybe we won’t shut down our remaining nuclear power plants https://t.co/d502YhgNvZ
— Robert J Jacobsen (@RobertJJacobsen) July 20, 2022
The FDP, however, has strongly advocated expanding the use of nuclear power amid the current crisis, arguing that this would reduce the need to use gas-fired power plants for energy production and thus help curb Germany’s overall dependence on Russian gas.