Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Germany shutting down nuclear reactors

The word is that Germany is shutting down many of their nuclear reactors today in reaction to the news from Japan.

I would suggest shutting down all nuclear power plants built next to the ocean in areas likely to be hit by a 9.0 earthquake followed by a massive tsunami. In fact, it would probably be a good idea not to build one there in the first place! For example, it may be a good idea not to build one in San Francisco.

I could be wrong but I can't help thinking that Germany might be overreacting just a tad.


Kevin said...

According to Reuters this may be more about local German politics then just a response to Japan's nuclear crisis.

The short of it is that these nuclear plants were given an additional 12 years of life beyond their original shutdown dates. Of the plants went into operation before 1980. This extension is unpopular in Germany. Merkel may just be suspending the plant's operations to take an issue off the table and get her party through an upcoming set of local elections.

Dennis said...

I think you're right but I question Merkel's political advisors. To shut down their reactors during the Japan crisis is like admitting, Gee, maybe our reactors were unsafe after all!"

If they were really THAT unsafe and Merkel didn't shut them down before now, Germany should be looking for a new leader.

St. Lee said...

On the contrary, I think San Francisco would be a great spot to build a Nuclear plant using mostly plywood, PVC pipe and duct tape. Oh, wait....I suppose not everyone out there is a godless communist radical environmentalist who hates the USA. Never mind. :-)