German nuclear power’s half-step – WSJ

Leave it to Berlin to almost, sort of, do the only energy-smart thing after exhausting all other options. After months of anguished debate, the German government finally announced on Monday that it would expand its use of nuclear power to help the country weather energy shortages this winter.

Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck says Germany can keep two of its three remaining nuclear reactors running until next spring if the country needs electricity, which it almost certainly will. This is not a total solution to the German energy crisis, since the three reactors currently only produce 6% of the electricity. The biggest problem is industry, which requires large supplies of natural gas. But keeping nuclear at least releases gas that otherwise would have to be used for power generation.


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