Germany’s Nuclear Choice: Russian Energy Crisis Forces a Reckoning

Torn between a decade-long reliance on cheap Russian gas on the one side and a sudden desperation to be energy independent in the face of the Ukraine war, Germany is now in the uncomfortable position to have neither.

Until the end of this year, the last three standing nuclear power plants in Germany are scheduled to be put out of service. A survey has shown that now in light of the recent events, seven out of ten citizens prefer the continuation of said power plants. Almost ironically, even most Green Party voters are in favor, according to the survey.

Opposing nuclear energy in 2011 was about as trendy and popular as low-rise jeans in the 2000s: back then, it got those into office that now want to put the option of reviving nuclear power plants back on the table.

Authored by Rosanna Weber and originally published at the Mises Institute on 23 August 2022 here.

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