There had been clear criticism of the planned classification of nuclear energy as a sustainable energy source from all three governing parties, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. With regard to gas-fired power plants, however, there were different reactions. While government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said at the beginning of the week that the criteria for classifying gas-fired power plants were “in line with the position of the federal government,” the Greens sometimes had concerns about the gas plans.
König: Nuclear power is not an option
The President of the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management, Wolfram König, made it clear that continued operation of nuclear power could not be sustainable. “The consequences will keep us busy for decades,” said König of “Bild am Sonntag”. Even after decades of use, Germany is still at the beginning of the safe disposal of waste. To date, no other country has been able to set up a safe repository for the highly radioactive waste.
Germany will phase out nuclear energy by the end of the year. On New Year’s Eve, three of the six remaining nuclear power plants in Germany were shut down. (dpa / amo)