Germany to phase out nuclear energy by 202ePosted: July 9, 2011
The Germany parliament has laid down laws to phase out nuclear energy by 2012, making it the first major industrial power to take the step in the wake of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant.
The problem is that Germany currently relies on Nuclear energy for 22% of it’s power needs. What are they going to do to fill the power gap, by building new coal and gas power plants, although Berlin is sticking to its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020 from 1990 levels, and by 80-95% by 2050.
That is a bit of a conundrum. German nuclear power began with research reactors in the 1950s and 1960s with the first commercial plant coming online in 1969.