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Bob Meinetz on Dec 14, 2021

Who cares what Germany thinks? With per-capita emissions 82% higher than those of France, in reducing carbon emissions they're being owned by their western neighbor.

What happened to Angela Merkel's pledge to close all of her country's nuclear plants by 2022? As of tomorrow, Germany will have 16 days to close its last 8 plants and replace them with renewable energy. Hmm, something tells me Merkel will wake up New Year's Day a liar - but she'll have plenty of company. Renewables advocates thrive on lying, they're experts at it.

Finally, in 2022, her successor will have a chance to start cleaning up the mess she's made.

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Jim Stack on Dec 15, 2021

She actually said Nuclear and gas are green. Not just Nuclear. So define GREEN as Nuclear doesn't make carbon directly that could be their definition of Green. QUOTE=Along with a group of at least 12 EU member states, France aims to include nuclear and gas as 'green' investments, while Germany opposes atomic energy but is dependent on gas.

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Bob Meinetz on Dec 16, 2021

Jim, gas is anything but "green". After gasoline it's the #1 source of US carbon emissions, and consumption is increasing faster than, but in direct proportion to, increases in solar and wind production. Why? Because both are completely dependent on gas for backup power.

Coal is doomed - we can agree on that. But anyone who believes gas is a "bridge" fuel, that huge batteries charged by renewable power might one day power an electric grid, doesn't see the big picture.

Also, FYI, the production of electriciy from nuclear energy creates no carbon emissions, directly or indirectly. That's a fact. And if you'd like to debate the carbon footprint of uranium per unit of energy generated, or that of the materials required to build a nuclear plant in comparison to those of a solar or wind farm: bring it on. But you don't.

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