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    Don't quite understand that the conservative government who has been in opposition to getting out of nuclear energy is overseeing this whole thing right now. Germany had already decided to get out of the whole thing with the red/green coaliton under schröder, untill Merkel and westerwelle decided to back out of that deal. Then fukushima happened and the anti nuclear power voices gained even more traction than they already had (for example, the state of baden würtemberg which had been conservative for over 50 years and was always considered a conservative stronghold, probably only outdone by bavaria suddenly turned green. While nuclear energy wasn't the only reason it was a big part) and Merkel decided to back out of backing out. So alot of the plans germany did have, were overthrown and then a conservative government felt compelled to implement them anyways but they did it in a half assed way. This year there will be a new election and I think the odds are pretty good (though its not for certain) that the more left leaning spd who had put the original plan into place will put up the next chancelor, Steinbrüch, who has already said that he considers green energy to be his personal agenda (or something to those lines, a pretty rough translation). So should the spd/green government be back in power i think alot of people worldwide will be surprised, just how much more germany will invest into this whole renewable energy thing.

    "We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn

    by Mudderway on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:13:58 PM PST

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