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...at which point, I should mention a development in one of the other two states that had elections at the same time as the federal one, Schleswig-Holstein. It is to have a CDU+FDP government too (unless a Left Party challenge of the state's seat allocation rules leads to a ruling correcting the situation that black-yellow have a majority of seats with a minority of the vote).

Schleswig-Holstein is the Northernmost state, and surrounds Hamburg. It has the highest wind power penetration. (Consequently?) the local FDP is pro-wind -- so much so that already before the elections, I noted that they were for the closing of the two old scandal-ridden nuclear plants in the state (but supplying mostly Hamburg), Krümmel and Brunsbüttel. Now the FDP reiterated this demand in the coalitoon talks with the CDU.

While the FDP's arguments include one I agree with, that keeping old plants running by itself blocks the further expansion of renewables, others are shifty. They stress that operating company Vattenfall is supposed to be a black sheep among its peers. That's turning into a framing I 'suggested' for the nuclear lobby to use here on ET: ditch these two problematic plants to save the rest (also by transferring rest electricity generation quotas to nuclear plants elsewhere in Germany).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Oct 12th, 2009 at 05:28:15 PM EST
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See today's Salon for the latest Wasp (the yellow black yellowjacket kind) nuclear renewables dithering.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Oct 13th, 2009 at 08:36:26 AM EST
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