|German Utilities say NO to Nuclear Power|
Perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel after all. Maybe there is hope for humanity yet. This is the best news I've seen for some time.
Germany wants out of nuclear power.
Kudos are most definitely due . A standing ovation is well deserved. A move towards common sense has been declared. A move to cleaner energy is afoot - in one of the most highly industrialized nations on earth.
The headline reads:Association of German utility companies calls for abolishing nuclear power by 2020
Utility companies reportedly want to abolish nuclear power following the total disaster witnessed in Japan. And so they should.
North America should also take off the blinders and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Clean, safe alternative energy is available NOW.
The German Association of Energy and Water Industries wants all nuclear power abolished completely by 2020. The association represents some 1800 utilities, INCLUDING many of the operators that currently operate nuclear facilities.
TWO of the BIGGEST nuclear operators are "opposed" to this decision. Why does that not surprise us?
Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Germany to eliminate nuclear energy altogether. It is little wonder, since parts of Germany was polluted by Chernobyl, which is a mere 900 miles away --and it remains polluted, 25 years later.
The question of the day MUST be:
Where is the leadership in North America?
Are North Americans supposed to wait until another horrific nuclear disaster strikes closer to home before they act? Is 2020 soon enough? We think not.
At Incoming Bytes we believe a shutdown of the nuclear industry cannot be fast enough. Clearly the writing is on the wall when one of the most highly industrialized nations in the world considers nuclear energy too dangerous and has also accepted the fact that safer technology IS available.
Shutting down all nuclear reactors by 2020 is not nearly soon enough, but transition time is realistically required.
Meanwhile, let us all congratulate Germany for the intelligent and courageous decision to move to clean, functional and efficient solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources.
Nuclear reactors are no longer a reasonable option under any terms of reference.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.