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[Reuters] Germany to shut down pre-1980 nuclear plants.

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Germany will shut down all seven of its nuclear power plants that began operation before 1980 and it is unclear whether they will start up again, the government said on Tuesday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the closures under a nuclear policy moratorium imposed following Japan's crisis, and said they would be carried out by government decree as no agreement with the plants' operators had been reached.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...72E17620110315

Wow it seems that German are taking some extreme measures to make sure that nothing like what is going on in Japan with their reactor will happen in Germany. Yet I feel this could be stupid because they lose out on alot of energy output for what an earth quake in Germany? lol
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Good move, nothing wrong with looking at alternatives and something safer.
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It would be a good move, if they had infrastructure in place to take over for them. Now we're going to be burning more coal and oil than ever.

People, just invest in Thorium reactors. They're safer than uranium and work just as well.
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That's a great move. i totallly agree with Angela merkel.
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I think a slow replacement of Nuclear is the way, look into something greener and less dangerous if there were ever a natural disaster.
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Germany can afford to do so, they DO have other infrastructures in place that can take over. I'm quoting from memory here so I could be wrong, but the majority of their power does not come from nuclear reactors at all.

The fear of reactors going bad is a very real and serious one in germany, so this does not surprise me in the least.
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I think a slow replacement of Nuclear is the way, look into something greener and less dangerous if there were ever a natural disaster.
Hmm, like a better nuclear central? The only other thing I can think of that is green, effective and not tooo expensive is hydro-electricity, but then, you need rivers
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Hmm, like a better nuclear central? The only other thing I can think of that is green, effective and not tooo expensive is hydro-electricity, but then, you need rivers
Dams fail during earthquakes as well, and we all know what that leads to.
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Maybe they'll invest money into fusion reactor research?
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I think a slow replacement of Nuclear is the way, look into something greener and less dangerous if there were ever a natural disaster.
Countries like Japan don't really have an alternative. If they replaced their 40+ Nuclear reactors with 100-150 coal power plants, their pollution would probably skyrocket. They'd have have to find sites for many new plants.

So far the radiation issues in Japan have been completely negligible. It remains to be seen how it will turn out for them though. The big question is whether or not the incredible efficiency of nuclear power is worth the risk?
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