Germany’s Nonsensical Energy Policy
JUN 2 2011, 8:21 AM ET10
Germany’s government says it will shut down its nuclear power industry by 2022. It promises to reduce carbon emissions at the same time. To keep both promises through a combination of increased domestic output from renewable sources and lower demand for energy looks just aboutimpossible. Most likely, Germany will have to import more energy–generated from nuclear and/or fossil-fuel sources. Quite what that achieves in terms of reducing the risk of nuclear accidents and diminishing global emissions of greenhouse gases would be hard to say.