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Germany’s Greens Fold Under Pressure, Nuclear Reactors to Come Back Online

Germany, normally regarded as one of the world’s economic power houses, is now between a rock and hard place. How will it get the energy it needs to power its daily base load that will sustain its advanced industry and society ? 

Due to Germany’s firm commitment to what can only be described as a policy of economic suicide following Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine earlier this year, officials in Berlin have dutifully followed their marching orders handed down by Washington to halt its Nordstream 2 joint venture gas project with Russia, and start to begin filling that energy void with over-priced and intermittent LNG gas from the US. This new program of energy austerity, they were told, was the only acceptable option if Germany was to preserve ‘European and democratic values’ supposedly embodied by the Zelensky regime in Kiev. To make matters worse, disruptions in the supply of stable and affordable natural gas from Russia has caused energy spot prices to skyrocket across Europe, which has then triggered a hyper-inflationary cycle which has thrown Europe and the West into a deep economic recession, and heading rapidly towards a depression.

With such limited options, it seems that even Germany’s Green Lobby are now ready capitulate on their previous position of nuclear prohibition based on safety fears following the meltdown of the Daiichi reactor in Fukushima, Japan in 2011. Hence, Berlin is now considering the possibility of connecting more nuclear power plants to the grid.

Recently, Bild Newspaper reported that German ministers are now in discussions over how quickly this could happen, and also which federal states would be affected, and to assess the working condition of the decommissioned reactors.

Will it be enough to power the base load Germany needs?

Ministers are now indicating that three more nuclear power plants could restart within “a few months or weeks,” in addition to the three that are still in operation, says Joachim Bühler, chief of the Technical Inspection Association (TÜV).

How quickly the decommissioned nuclear power plants could supply Germany with electricity again is “primarily a question of political will” and not a safety issue, Bühler added.

The regulatory bodies are discussing the terms of the extension of the service life for three nuclear reactors, which are scheduled to go offline on December 31, 2022.

SEE MORE NUCLEAR NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Nuclear Files


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