Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Nuclear, coal, LNG: ‘no taboos’ in Germany’s energy about-face
BERLIN, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Germany signalled a U-turn in key energy policies on Sunday, floating the possibility of extending the life-spans of coal and even nuclear plants to cut dependency on Russian gas, part of a broad political rethink following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a landmark speech on Sunday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz spelled out a more radical path to ensure Germany will be able to meet rising energy supply and diversify away from Russian gas, which accounts for half of Germany’s energy needs.
“We must change course to overcome our dependence on imports from individual energy suppliers,” he said.
Germany is also weighing whether to extend the life-span of its remaining nuclear power plants as a way to secure the country’s energy supply, the country’s economy minister Robert Habeck, a member of the Greens, said.
Habeck also said letting coal-fired power plants to run longer than planned was an option, throwing into doubt Germany’s ambitious exit from coal, which is planned for 2030.
“There are no taboos on deliberations,” Habeck said, adding that it was Germany’s goal to ultimately choose which country will supply its energy.
…Read more: https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/germany-step-up-plans-cut-dependence-russia-gas-2022-02-27/
Germany needs an immediate solution to real energy problems caused by the Ukraine crisis, problems which cannot be solved by costly fake solutions like wind and solar.
Let us hope Green Party member Robert Habeck’s lead will inspire other Western politicians, to prioritise energy security over virtue signalling.