"Green Energy Politics: The Conservative German Government's Decision to Exit Nuclear Power"

Friedo Sielemann

(A long-time policy expert on green energy who currently serves as the green energy point person at the German Embassy in DC)


In March 2011, Japan suffered the most severe nuclear power accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. On May 30, Germany's government announced an astonishing policy reversal. Chancellor Merkel's ruling coalition of conservatives and free market libertarians moved to shut down all of Germany's 17 nuclear reactors by 2022. To make up for the short fall, the government announced plans to cut power by 10 percent by 2020 and to further expand the use of renewables such as wind, solar power, and biofuels. New opportunities or a move that spells disaster for Germany's economy?

Friedo Sielemann also presents at the E3 2011 conference on Renewable Energy Innovation: http://environment.umn.edu/e3/

When: M 11/7, noon-1:15 PM, 609 Social Sciences
Sponsors: CGES, Political Science, GSD, the Humphrey's Ctr for Science, Technology, and Public Policy

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