Angry protests at German nuclear power plans
Published 06/09/2010 | 05:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet met to agree plans to extend the life of Germany's atomic power plants yesterday amid angry protests from anti-nuclear activists and the country's two main opposition parties.
Hundreds of anti-nuclear protesters gathered outside the Berlin Chancellery and Claudia Roth, a leading Green Party member of parliament, pledged a campaign of "nationwide resistance" against the nuclear power extension.
Ms Merkel's conservative liberal coalition wants to prolong the life of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors by up to 15 years in a move that overturns a previous Social Democrat-Green government's commitment to dispense with all atomic power by 2023 at the latest.
Her government argues that an early end to nuclear power is unrealistic if Germany is to achieve its long-term aim of becoming reliant on purely renewable energy.
Under current plans, renewables will supply half the country's energy needs by 2050. (©Independent News Service)