‘Political suicide’: Major nation shutting nuclear power plants despite looming winter shortages
‘Will cause severe harm to millions’
- German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Sunday that the government is unlikely to delay shutting down its three remaining nuclear plants despite the nation’s desperation to shore up its energy security, according to Reuters.
- Germany is urging its citizens to cut energy usage in preparation for a harsh winter.
- “It would be political suicide for them to not keep the plants online,” Dr. Benny Peiser, director of Net Zero Watch told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Sunday that the country is unlikely to delay shutting down its three remaining nuclear plants, which are scheduled to close at the end of the year, despite its scramble to save energy ahead of winter, according to Reuters.
Habeck, who is a member of Germany’s Green Party, told citizens that keeping the plants running would only save about 2% of German gas use during the government’s open-door day in Berlin, Reuters reported. Habeck deemed that the gas savings were not substantial enough to warrant delaying the shutdown due to the existing German consensus against nuclear energy.
“The main policy agenda of Habeck’s party is to close nuclear power plants, so it would be difficult for them to U-turn on this agenda,” Dr. Benny Peiser, director of Net Zero Watch told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “They care more about getting rid of nuclear energy than climate change … because they are now going back to using coal.”- READ MORE