The German government announced on Monday that the nuclear program was “dangerous” and that it was opposed by the European Union (EU) over its future plans for climate change.
Neighboring France plans to upgrade existing reactors and build new ones to meet its future energy needs, with Germany depleting the remaining three nuclear power plants by the end of this year and eliminating coal by 2030. Berlin plans to strongly support it until it is replaced by renewable energy sources.
The opposite of what has happened in the two great economies of the European Union has created a difficult situation for the EU Commission. The EU’s draft plan concludes that nuclear power and natural gas can be used for investment purposes in certain circumstances.
“We consider nuclear technology to be dangerous,” government spokesman Stephen Heatherit told reporters in Berlin.
Hebstret added that Germany had “clearly rejected” the EU’s atomic energy assessment and had repeatedly stated its position on the commission.
“Germany is considering the next step,” he said. Environmentalists have criticized Germany’s focus on natural gas as less polluting than coal, but say it still emits carbon dioxide – the main greenhouse gas.
The German government has said it intends to use natural gas as a bridge technology and replace it with non-polluting alternatives such as hydrogen by 2045.
Chancellor Olaf Schulz, Minister of Economy and Climate Change Robert Habeb, declined to comment on whether or not the EU Commission’s proposals were “green”. (AP)