German greens vow protests against nuclear U-turn.
BERLIN: Green groups in Germany vowed on Monday to hit the streets if Chancellor Angela Merkel [ˈaŋɡela doʁoˈteːa ˈmɛɐ̯kəl]) (b. s victorious new coalition keeps its campaign promise to reverse the country s scheduled exit from nuclear power. (IPA:
The world s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986 turned a large part of German public opinion against atomic power, and in 2000 the government of chancellor Gerhard Schroeder decided to mothball moth·ball
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a. all reactors by around 2020.
Shipments of radioactive waste to a processing plant in Gorleben in western Germany have attracted mass protests in recent years, while Germany s lack of a permanent storage site has added to nuclear s unpopularity.
Currently, Germany s 17 reactors supply around a third of its electricity, with coal and gas producing more than half and renewables such as solar and wind power some 12 percent.
Germany is uneasy about volatile gas and oil imports from Russia and the Middle East, and wants to be at the forefront of global efforts to reduce carbon emissions ahead of a crunch UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December.
As a result, Berlin has set some ambitious targets. By 2020, the country aims to cut its carbon emissions by 40 percent compared with 1990 levels, and have renewables produce a third of Germany s power needs in the same timeframe.
But Merkel s CDU/CSU CDU/CSU Christlich-Demokratische Union/Christlich-Soziale Union (Bundestagsfraktion) (German politics) conservatives and their new coalition partners, the Free Democrats (FDP FDP
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Fresh from her election victory, Merkel on Monday vowed to press ahead with what her party had promised on nuclear power, telling reporters: "I don t intend today to go back on what was in our election campaign."
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IHS Insight said that the closure could be postponed to around 2037.
"While nuclear plants are expensive to build, they are cheap to run, providing large, steady supplies of power for decades without emitting any greenhouse gases," Grainge said.
It is clear, however, that Merkel will have a struggle on her hands, with a parliamentary head of the Greens, Renate Kuenast, vowing that the party would oppose a nuclear U-turn both in parliament and with demonstrations.
Kuenast, whose party was in coalition with Schroeder s Social Democrats (SPD (Serial Presence Detect) The method used by DIMM memory modules to communicate their capacity and features to the computer. Data such as manufacturer, size, speed, voltage and row and column addresses are stored in an EEPROM chip on the module. ) when the nuclear exit was approved by parliament, told the Leipziger Volkszeitung on Monday that opposing any change was her "top priority".
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the SPD s chancellor candidate who wants to become the party s new parliamentary head, said on Sunday night that he also would fight any reversal tooth and nail.
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