When, in the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, Germany’s Bundestag announced it would be committing to a complete phase-out of nuclear energy by 2022, it was clear that safeguarding its citizens and the environment was the primary motive. After all, the events that took place in the Fukushima prefecture on March 11, 2011, necessitated the evacuation of some 154,000 people and a clean-up process that is set to last decades. Even so, the decision to shut down nuclear reactors in Germany has been criticised as a knee-jerk reaction, one that leaves the country more reliant on coal and gas to meet its energy needs. “Every nuclear power station that is turned off is a success for the decades-long struggle against dangerous atomic energy,” Olaf Brandt, Head of the German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation, told Reuters last year. Unfortunately, it’s a success for fossil fuels as well.
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