Thursday 19 July 2018

Germans not stupid on nuclear shutdown

MICHAEL Job (Irish Independent, Letters, August 5) refers to the "age of stupidity" with regard to the decision to close nuclear power stations.

He must, however, be aware that Germans rarely partake in major acts of stupidity. One cannot overlook the fact they were among the leaders in the nuclear energy revolution of the past half-century.

If it was the post-earthquake disaster at the Japanese Fukushima plant in March that accelerated Germany’s decision to shut down all its nuclear power stations by 2022, they will be well prepared to do so. German pioneering and progress in the installation of alternative power sources to nuclear and fossil fuels — particularly in wind, marine, solar and biomass production technology — is again well ahead of the posse.

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