German nuclear power recently received a twelve-year extension. A debate rages between supporters and foes of nuclear reactors. The nuclear crisis in Japan adds fuel to the heated Deutschland nuclear discussions.
Nuclear power provides 25% of German electricity. According to a 2008 AGEB Energieverbrauch report, coal supplies 50%; gas – 12%; wind – 6%; and other sources, like solar, makes-up the balance. A deadline to shut-down German nuclear by 2009 transformed into an extension to 2022.
German nuclear reactor critics want to shrink the revised timeline. The core of the critic’s Expressversand Deutschlands concerns is safety and the nuclear rod disposal. A recent nuclear power protests in the Baden-Wuerttemberg State, home of Stuttgart and Mercedes-Benz, drew 60,000. According to the Wall Street Journal, the German Chancellery can ill-afford to lose the state and maintain their political coalition.
Nuclear power advocates prioritize the carbon emissions problems from coal reliance over German nuclear reactor risks. A 2007 Deutsche Bank report warned that a rapid nuclear phase-out would lead to Germany missing carbon dioxide emission targets; facing increasing electricity prices; and becoming more dependent on Russian natural gas.