Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Electric Strike

BERLIN - The Electric Strike. So far only one, the powerful consortium RWE, has a lawsuit against the German government's decision to close temporarily its Biblis nuclear power plant near Frankfurt. Biblis is one of seven older plants in the country closed for three months, theoretically until the security check again, but politically the issue is settled and the lawsuit seems a tantrum without a future.

Evidence of this is that RWE has gone to court alone. The other two consortia affected by the break, EnBW and E. on, have not been moved. The government has legally justified the closure of nuclear plants in the law that establishes closure when there are 'threats to life and health ", and mentioning Fukushima.

Some consider fragile that legal basis, but the issue has little to do with laws: after Fukushima, plants have become politically untenable in this country. The Biblis reactors to have more than 30 years of age. Do not resist, for example, the impact of an airplane. The plant is located thirty miles of the continent's largest airport, Frankfurt, where every year 464,432 planes take off and land.

In June, the conclusion of the current moratorium, nor the seven plants closed will be reopened, nor will resume the controversial extension of the life "of the remaining agreed in September. The old standbys of seemingly useless power. One is the lobbysmo: the company lawyers are often the same as advising the government on nuclear issues.

Those resources and will not work: curtain on the matter. The attention of the power is not going to concentrate on that fight, but rather succulent future businesses, such as the laying of new highways energy, high impact on the landscape, to transport and renewable wind power from northern to southern Germany.

Meanwhile, Fukushima continues to emit radiation. Very few dispute and his status as "second Chernobyl", which adds to global pollution matters that began with the pumps. A 1998 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, ordered by Congress, established the human price that Americans had to pay for eleven years of nuclear tests from 1951 to 1962: 33,000 cases of cancer, 11,000 of deaths.

Nineteen of those tests released radiation comparable to that of Chernobyl, he said. The study did not account for official testing by EE. States after 1962, nor the Chinese atmospheric Lob Nor between 1964 and 1980, neither the French from 1963 to 1974, and the evidence before 1951, Marshall Islands American and Soviet Kazakhstan.

Nor had the pioneers of 1945 three explosions in New Mexico, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or pollution of Hawaii for Pacific American tests, or by the Soviet Alaska in Novaya Zemlya. The issuance of Fukushima joins that long list, and in Germany and compromises the food products market in Japan.

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