“With a high probability, it can be assumed that the losses of nuclear power will be compensated in the short term by more electricity from coal and more electricity from gas plants,” Thess told the Bild newspaper.
“It is at the expense of the CO2 balance of the German electricity sector, and thus at the expense of Germany’s climate protection obligations,” he added.
However, according to German Environment Minister Steffi Lemke, nuclear energy is not a good option for saving the climate.
“Nuclear energy is neither CO2-free, nor is it a form of energy production with the lowest CO2 emissions. It is precisely the energy-intensive production of fuel that is harmful to the climate,” said the politician from the Green party to the DPA agency.
In addition, she said, the core is not immune to the climate crisis due to the enormous cooling water requirements.
The German environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) also questions the sustainability of the core in view of increasingly frequent heat waves due to climate change.
“In times of water scarcity, water also needs to be conserved, and nuclear power plants are huge consumers of water,” said Sascha Müller-Kraenner, head of the organization.
According to him, this also refutes the argument that electricity from nuclear power plants is reliable and always available. “It’s just not like that,” adds Müller-Kraenner.
The remaining nuclear power plants in Germany will be disconnected from the grid on Saturday. This was supposed to happen at the end of last year, but due to the energy crisis, the government coalition decided last year to keep the three reactors in operation even through the winter.
30,000 generations will have to deal with the consequences, the minister defends the end of nuclear power in Germany
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