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Germany Concludes Nuclear Energy Era with Last Reactors Power Down 

Germany finally committed to permanently abandoning nuclear power in the wake of Japan's Fukushima accident

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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GERMANY: On Saturday, Germany will power down its last three nuclear reactors, paving the way for atomic power as it plans to refrain from using fossil fuels to create sustainable energy that would control the crisis that is taking place due to Ukraine’s war. 

Germany is putting an end to its nuclear age, despite other western countries maintaining their atomic energy resources. 

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After years of delay, Germany finally committed to permanently abandoning nuclear power in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima accident in 2011, which sent radiation gushing into the atmosphere and put the world at major risk.

Environment Minister Steffi Lemke said, “The risks of nuclear power are ultimately unmanageable.” She made a visit to the Japanese plant in light of the G7 meeting in the country. 

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However, due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and Germany’s decision to stop importing Russian fossil fuels, the full wind-down was postponed from last year to this year. 

After prices skyrocketed and there were concerns about a global energy deficit, Germany is once again optimistic about gasoline supply and the growth of renewable energy sources. 

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The challenge posed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which put a stop to cheap petrol imports, and the requirement to swiftly reduce emissions, however, have increased calls in Germany for a delay in the phase-out of nuclear power. 

The prime anti-nuclear movement, Greenpeace, organised a gathering at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in order to celebrate the occasion. “Finally, nuclear energy belongs to history! “Let’s make this April 15 a day to remember,” the organisation highlighted. 

CEO of PreussenElektra, which operated Isar 2, Guido Knott mentioned, “It will be a very moving moment for colleagues to shut down the power plant for the last time.” 

In this light, Olaf Scholz, Chancellor has ignited a installation of wind turbines approximately four-five in number in the following few years, a abig order with 551 being installed in 2022.

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