Mark Lynas kindly discussed a bit about nuclear energy with me on Twitter, asking why I would oppose keeping nuclear on the grid in Germany while understanding it is a low carbon source.
Actually, I can’t recall having opposed keeping nuclear on the grid in Germany. But if one would ask for the reasons for such a position, here are a few.
For one, it would be a fringe minority loser position to call for reversing the nuclear phaseout in Germany. There is no party you could vote for in the next election. They were all united in voting for the phaseout last year.
I for one don’t think it is smart to base your climate activism on a strategy with zero chance for realization. And basic rules of democracy require respecting the will of the majority.
Next, I hate nuclear energy. My position was “shut down those filthy nuclear reactors” even back when I added “once the last fossil fuel power station is out of business”.
I’m not one of those guys who like the smell of uranium in their morning coffee. I dislike the big corporate structures, the necessity for strong security, the possibility to build nuclear weapons with plutonium. And I have watched the Fukushima explosions from rather close up.
I hate nuclear. The only question is if I would – barely – want to tolerate it for another couple of decades because I hate global warming even more.
Unfortunately, such a position is made much more difficult by the fact that most of the pro-nuclear voices think anti-renewable propaganda will help their case. Rod Adams with his “unreliables” term. Barry Brook and his merry band of anti-renewable propaganda peddlers. I hate this position, which I call the “Fossil Nukes”, even more than I hate nuclear in the first place.
So I might be tempted to actually oppose keeping nuclear on the grid in Germany, as Mark Lynas thought I already did.
But there is no point anyway. That is a done deal. At some point, the Fossil Nukes need to understand that their dreams of a nuclear renaissance in Germany just won’t happen and move on.
I am old enough to have actually seen on television the Wembley Goal, where the English team got a World Cup final win against Germany handed to them by referee incompetence, as proved later by a study of the Oxford university engineering department.
I don’t agree with that decision, but I have moved on. Time for the Fossil Nukes to move on as well.
Update: Energiewende Germany just kindly linked to this post with this Tweet, stating:
If you want others to get why Germany is rightly phasing out nuclear power,personal feelings don’t make compelling case
That is not my intention here. Actually, I have not even stated anywhere above that I support the phase-out myself. What I said is that it doesn’t matter any more.
My intention was to answer the question by Mark Lynas how I could understand that nuclear is a low carbon source and still “oppose keeping nuclear in the grid”. My answer to that was that I have not stated such an opposition, but if I were to do so, there are some reasons for me personally for that.