While Germany has decided to phase out nuclear power, the NRC approved the construction of two new light-water high-pressure atomic reactors of the Westinghouse A1000 type at the existing Vogtei site in Georgia.
|Lucky cows grazing in the shadow of the cooling towers |
of the existing Vogtei nuclear power station (Photo dpa)
|Three Mile Island|
|Is fewer also better?|
In Germany following the melt-downs at the Fukushima reactor plant and defying strong opposition within her own Christian Democratic party, chancellor and physicist Angela Merkel forced the immediate shut down of 8 of Germany's oldest nuclear power stations with the last 9 to be phased out by 2022.
While Merkel and French President Sarkozy (also referred to as Merkozy) are walking and working hand in hand suffocating the Greeks* by trying to keep them in the Eurozone, they have entirely different views on atomic energy.
*forcing the upgrade to central European standards of a traditionally self-contained Greek economy that is living on olives and retsina and has a record 25% of the active population occupied in administration
With the Siberian cold wave currently sweeping over Germany into France, 60 million freezing French suddenly use twice the electrical energy of 80 million Germans. The reason is that many houses in France have electrical heating and rely heavily on our neighbor's 58 power reactors producing nearly 80% of all electrical energy. Due to the massive demand in France, Germany presently is exporting electricity across the Rhine!
This is why Sarkozy, when visiting one of the oldest nuclear sites in France operating at Fessenheim since 1975, stated: The electricity you produce is indispensable for the people.
|The President in the Control Room. Doesn't he look as if he had lost control?|
In the meantime, German anti-atomic protesters tried to join their French colleagues on the other side of the Rhine River, but in vain, the French riot police blocked the bridge with the argument they must protect their president. So the gendarmes and not the president read black on yellow: Merkozy sortons ensemble du nucléaire.
|German protesters facing French riot police carrying banners |
and the photo of a deformed child from Chernobyl (photo BZ)
Referring to the demand of 400 politicians in Alsace who had asked for the immediate shut-down of the Fessenheim reactor complex Freiburg's mayor Dieter Salomon (Green) commented: The President is turning a blind eye on reality and ignoring the worries of the people. He asked Merkel to discuss the issue with Sarkozy in their next tête-à-tête.