Monday, June 6, 2011

GERMANY - A nuclear phase-out from 2021?

Given the risk of nuclear accident, the ethics committee set up by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called for phasing out nuclear power by 2021 at the latest. The seven reactors that have already been arrested by the interim government should not be returned to service at the expiration of the moratorium of three months, according to the commission [the government had decided to stop the oldest plants in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident].

This is evident from the draft final report including Die Welt has obtained a copy. The commission is headed by Klaus Töpfer (CDU), former Environment Minister, and Matthias Kleiner, President of the German Research Foundation, and includes representatives from business, science and church.

It was established by Angela Merkel after the nuclear disaster Fukushima, Japan. She was to deliver his final report to government on May 30 The draft final report of the Ethics Commission is already circulating in the media. It does, however, that this would be a first meeting of ideas and arguments, and the text has not yet been endorsed by the full Committee.

The industry representatives fear that if fast shutdown of the plants, the billions it would cost to establish a clean energy not disadvantage the German economy. The government will build on the final report of the Ethics Commission to elaborate on June 6 legislation setting a deadline for the use of nuclear energy.

The Bundestag and the Bundesrat will vote no later than June 8 on the text. In order not to jeopardize the supply of electricity, the Ethics Commission intends to propose to keep the central arrested on standby as the central reserve. They could be revived in a few days in case of supply problems.

According to Rainer Bruederle, the Minister of Economy (FDP), proposed the Ethics Commission are achievable, even if they would effectively raise the price of electricity.

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