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Busting the carbon and cost myths of Germany's nuclear exit

(Guardian, Blog comment, 22 May 12) Critics of the atomic phase-out said energy emissions, costs and imports would all rise. They were wrong.

With the UK taking another step towards supporting new nuclear power on Tuesday – at either no extra cost to the consumer if you believe ministers, or substantial cost if you believe most others – it's worth taking a look at what actually happens when you phase out nuclear power in a large, industrial nation.

That is what Germany chose to do after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, closing eight plants immediately – 7GW - and another nine by 2022. The shrillest critics predicted blackouts, which was always daft and did not happen.

But more serious critics worried that the three things at the heart of the energy and climate change debate - carbon, cost and security of supply – would all head in the wrong direction. Here in Berlin, I have found they were wrong on every count.

Guardian, Blog comment, 22 May 12: Busting the carbon and cost myths of Germany's nuclear exit


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