Germany's top court: State-ordered nuclear shutdown was illegal
— By Mark Halper on January 17, 2014, 6:47 AM PST
Good. German govt. has long thumbed its nose at folks around the world to whom emissions-reductions were promised. The effect of the Greens in Germany has been to increase pollution, disease & death from it, and climate change & acidification from non-nuclear emissions. Coal ja!...
Unfortunately, it appears that all this is about is the utilities asking for compensation for the nuclear phaseout policy. It's not about ruling that the phaseout policy itself is illegal. And I don't think the utilities will challenge the policy either.
So, the phaseout will still (tragically) proceed. It's just that the govt. may have to pay the utilities some money. Maybe the pain will teach them some sort of lesson (about the real cost of throwing away infrastructure) at least. Definitely feeling some schadenfruede here.
"Germany's transition to renewable power has been a stunning success."
There is plenty of evidence to the contrary:
" in a country that has struggled to generate clean, low-CO2, affordable electricity since the decision to walk away from nuclear"
Sorry, your assertion is damned by your own website's claims. Did you even speak to Chris Nelder 2nd article link below, "Despite what you may have heard in the press, Germany's transition to renewable power has been a stunning success. Energy analyst Chris Nelder runs down the facts."
It's staggeringly despairing reading, to know you don't even bother to research articles your own website has published.
Good, They need to suffer for the knee jerk reaction. The people that made the decision should also be held personally liable.
It's ok to make an informed decision to dismantle your power infrastructure if that is what the general public wants. It should be done gradually and the state should fund the process (since it is a state decision).
To simply decide to close a plant immediately when there is no cause does irreparable harm to the utility, the plants employees and all of the contractors and vendors that keep the plant in operation.
Quite agree, or maybe cold hard reality will start back-peddling - as seen in Japan of late.
Although they are money grubbing utility companies, you've got to feel a bit sorry for them after investing billions into legal and government licensed long term infrastructure investment, and then find the business is binned because of some knee-jerk reactionary ideology, currently in vogue.
It's fine, the UK will happily have the German engineers, as Nuclear is back on the road-map after 20 years of hand-bag dancing by politicians.
There very well may be, but it seems fairly self-evident Mark H has done no background research or corroboration on stuff *his own website* have written on the subject. You can forgive missing some references it may take some time to find, but Chris Nelder's "FACT" laden article is barely 4 months old, and seems to have been ignored.
I'm not really arguing about whether Germany is or isn't in the sh1te over Nuclear - I'm actually personally quite positive to Nuclear Power, as a significant sustainable baseload provider - but I'm pointing out Mark H's article is absolutely contradicting 3 articles Smart Planet themselves wrote recently. No consistency, no reviewing, no research, and seemingly unaware of stuff SP have written.
Unfortunately, when it comes to state funding, you should just say the taxpayers will be paying over and over.