In Light of Fukushima, Switzerland and Germany Say No More Nuclear (Video)


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Just when nuclear advocates might have been feeling good about their campaign to paint nuclear in a positive light for its "climate neutrality", along comes Fukushima and blows the whole campaign literally up in smoke. For the images of Japan's reactors' containment buildings exploding isn't likely to leave people's minds any time soon. In fact, Spiegel said today that what is happening in Japan is likely to have a bigger "political impact" than 9/11. And it seems Switzerland, which even exports nuclear-generated energy to neighbor Itlaly, is the first to just say no more new nuclear. Germany seems not far behind (human chain protest video after the jump).

According to this NY Times story, Switzerland has five nuclear plants that produce about 40 percent of the country's energy needs. Swiss regulatory agencies had already approved three new sites for nuclear plants.

In Germany, prime minister Angela Merkel said she would suspend, for three months, a decision made to extend the life of 17 nuclear stations.

Germany is the European nation that continues to have the most vocieferous protest against nuclear energy. To the north in Sweden, on the other hand, despite a referendum from the 1980s deciding to suspend any new nuclear power development, citizens recently opted to press ahead with ways to extend the life of active nuclear power plants.

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