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nobody cares much for the opinion of the rest of the world in Germany now, at least regarding energy.

And rightly so. Most of what Germany hears is the "Serious" position that renewables can never take up a meaningful chunk of generation, that dealing with Gazprom is short-sighted and that closing down nukes is backward and ayatollahesque, when

  1. large scale renewables are already a reality today, and plans towards their extension are well under way;

  2. Germany (like France and Italy - no conflict between these countries on this) has been dealing with Gazprom for 40-odd years and they know how to do this. The 3 countries have needed to import close to 100% of their gas all along, so import dependency is not something new or scary like it seems to be for the UK

  3. Germany has been debating its exit from nuclear for more than a few years, so it's not like this is new. The fundamentally different approach of France and Germany on nukes is precisely one of the reasons why there is no EU-wide policy on energy, so Germany going its route there is not exactly an unexpected snub of its euro partners (and on this topic, it's not even like Germany is isolated in Europe, with Italy and others having also suspended plans to go back to nuclear)

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 at 07:16:22 AM EST
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