“Probable Game-Changer”: Special issue of Bulletin of Atomic Scientists shows EXIT from nuclear power brings economic and environmental benefits — ‘Startling’ findings

Published: November 1st, 2012 at 1:44 pm ET
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Title: Bulletin: German nuclear exit delivers economic, environmental benefits
Source: Phys.org
Date: November 1, 2012

[...] Forbes.com went as far as to ask, in a headline, whether [Germany's exit from nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster] was “Insane—or Just Plain Stupid.”

But a special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, “The German Nuclear Exit,” shows that the nuclear shutdown and an accompanying move toward renewable energy are already yielding measurable economic and environmental benefits, with one top expert calling the German phase-out a probable game-changer for the nuclear industry worldwide. [...]

Freie Universität Berlin politics professor Miranda Schreurs says the nuclear phase-out and accompanying shift to renewable energy have brought financial benefits to farmers, investors, and small business;

Felix Matthes of the Institute for Applied Ecology in Berlin concludes the phase-out will have only small and temporary effects on electricity prices and the German economy;

University of Kassel legal experts Alexander Rossnagel and Anja Hentschel explain why electric utilities are unlikely to succeed in suing the government [...]

Lutz Mez, co-founder of Freie Universitӓt Berlin’s Environmental Policy Research Center, presents what may be the most startling finding of all. [...] “It has actually decoupled energy from economic growth, with the country’s energy supply and carbon-dioxide emissions dropping from 1990 to 2011, even as its gross domestic product rose by 36 percent.”

See also: Germany produces 50% of energy from solar during mid-day hours -- 'Equivalent to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity without any radioactive waste left over'

Published: November 1st, 2012 at 1:44 pm ET
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26 comments to “Probable Game-Changer”: Special issue of Bulletin of Atomic Scientists shows EXIT from nuclear power brings economic and environmental benefits — ‘Startling’ findings

  • Lee Binder

    thanks for the GOOD NEWS!


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  • CaptD CaptD

    + less RISK of a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster,
    A global WIN-Win,
    Ask The Japanese!

    Glad to see the fiscal implications of the DOWN side of nuclear is finally starting to leak out! Germany has seen the light and the US (and all other Countries) should be "racing" them toward the Global use of Solar (of all flavors) ASAP…


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  • CaptD CaptD

    Fukushima proved to all of us, that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365 for any number of "reasons" such as any one or more of these:

    ~ Tornado strike?
    ~ Earthquake?
    ~ Human error?
    ~ Tsunami?
    ~ Power outage?
    ~ Pipe break?
    ~ Test gone wrong?
    ~ Old fuel issues?
    ~ Terrorist attack?
    ~ Hurricane?
    ~ Plane crash?
    ~ Heavy rains/River floods?
    ~ Metal Fatigue?
    ~ Nuclear Ransom?
    ~ Solar Flair?
    ~ EMP?
    ~ Lightning?
    ~ Dam Failure?
    ~ Fire?
    ~ Operator suicide?
    ~ Jihadist?
    ~ CME?
    ~ Carrington Effect?
    ~ Cyber-warfare?
    ~ Meteror?
    ~ Aliens?
    ~ Volcano/Eruption?
    ~ Stuxnet ?
    ~ Bad Luck?
    ~ Murphy's Law?

    … Just a few of the ways Nuclear Power Plants (NPP's) can FAIL.

    Now adding "insult to injury" the burning of radioactive debris in Japan, is spreading Globally and adding radioactive pollution to the air we all breathe, so it is no longer "JUST" a Japanese problem!


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      great list, but still not complete.. probably 100 or more reasons if we really got into it..

      Long term, we would see quite a few come to pass.

      Think SEVEN GENERATIONS into the future, or it is a selfish, ego based thought.


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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Hear hear. This one fits the topic: currently 13% of German companies are producing and using their own electricity and are no longer feeding it into the grid – 16% more are planning to do so in the short term. Self-produced renewable energy is already cheaper for them than the prices they had to pay to E.ON, RWE and the other criminals.

    BMW for example is currently installing 4 wind turbines on the premises of their factory in Leipzig, which will produce a total max of 10 MW – this will be enough for the production of their electric vehicle i3 from 2013.

    Yay. Article here: