Shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi Reactor accident in March, Germany shut down eight of its seventeen nuclear reactors. This week, the Parliament voted to shutter those reactors permanently and to close the remaining nine by 2022.
There is a lot of debate in this country about the feasibility of maintaining a stable national electric grid without nuclear power and other traditional fuels like coal. No one knows what will happen in Germany with less sun and increased energy demand for heat and artificial light going into the winter. And that 2022 deadline to close the remaining reactors? Eleven years is like a millennium in political time.
What to think? To paraphrase a famous American, “at least they tried it.” And inspire us to noble deeds . . . .