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The German coalition is discussing suspending for three months the extension of its nuclear power stations' lifespan, a government coalition source has told Reuters.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 10:30:54 AM EST
Why for so long? The Baden-Württemberg elections are in only a few weeks....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 10:37:31 AM EST
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That would be a bit to obvious. Not that it doesn't  looks like a trick anyway.
by IM on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 11:27:06 AM EST
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Merkel suspends nuclear extension over Japanese risks | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 14.03.2011

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday pledged a three-month pause in her government's plan to extend the running times of Germany's nuclear power plants.

She said that this would mean that some of the oldest reactors will be turned off, at least temporarily, almost immediately.

Merkel said that the risks of a meltdown at the Fukushima atomic reactors in Japan, triggered by the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the region, had shown the world that nuclear safety should be reevaluated.

"The events in Japan have taught us that something, which all scientific data suggested to be impossible, could become a reality after all," Merkel told reporters in Berlin, having first said how her thoughts, and Germany's, were with the Japanese people. "It's taught us that risks that were considered absolutely improbable still aren't impossible."

It's raining Itoldyousos on her.

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

by DoDo on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 03:40:13 PM EST
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According to taz, federal and regional authorities are already moving to order the closing down of two plants that only run now due to the extension (Neckarwestheim 1 in Baden-Württenberg and Isar I in Bavaria).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 03:49:37 PM EST
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Now it's seven reactors (Neckarwestheim I, Isar I, Biblis A and B, Unterweser, Philippsburg I and the currently off-line Brunsbüttel), but still only for three months. For the German electricity system, this will mean... a reduction of net exports, nothing more. The energy giants could sue against the decision, but haven't yet protested.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 15th, 2011 at 01:43:16 PM EST
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The first reactor, Isar 1, was already shut down today.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Mar 15th, 2011 at 05:16:44 PM EST
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