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Sunday, June 15, 2008

46 Percent of Germans Want Nuclear Power, Survey Says

An opinion survey shows 46 percent of Germans want to keep nuclear power stations operating if that is the way to stop electricity prices soaring, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

Bild am Sonntag newspaper commissioned the survey, the resulty of which it published on Sunday, June 15. Pollsters Emnid questioned more than 500 people.

Eight years ago, Germany legislated a phasing out of nuclear power which foresees premature closure for all 12 existing German nuclear power stations. The last generator, reactor II at Neckarwestheim in southwest Germany, is currently set to close in 2022.

The poll found 46 percent approved of the closure plan or wanted nuclear power to end immediately. The rest did not know.

The recent surge in world energy prices has prompted a re-assessment of anti-nuclear policies in several European nations including Italy, which has ordered new nuclear plants to be built.

(Source: Deutsche Welle)


Atomic Khan said...

Germans are waking up to the fact that their windmills are not up to the task to keep the electricity flowing and prices low. To offset the wind power shortcomings, Germans turn to coal fired power plants while keeping this truth low profile as possible to cover up the environmentally failed policy. Importing nuclear electricity from France hurts the wallet, nevertheless, I hope the French get every penny their electricity is worth so the Germans get a proper reality check.

Alexandra Prokopenko said...

Germany is in fact one of the few European countries remaining that is still keeping away from nuclear power while nations like Italy and the UK have announced the intentions to build new ones. And 46 percent already got the drawbacks of their environmental policies in form of bills for electricity I assume :)