To Phase Out Nuclear Energy
GERMANY - In keeping with Europe's
ongoing effort to move toward responsible environmental management, Germany
is set to phase out its 19 nuclear power stations over the next 20 years.
The government deal with the energy companies will make Germany the first
European country to announce an end to nuclear power.
Less than a week after the German deal, Sweden voiced its intention to
phase out coal and nuclear power.
"Both coal and nuclear power have to be phased out if we are to reach
sustainable development around the Baltic Sea," said Environment
minister, Kjell Larsson. Sweden's 11 nuclear reactors provide 48% of the
country's power with the rest coming from wind, sun, hydro and biomass.
The Swedish government is also helping Lithuania close down one of their
Mr. Larsson said that Sweden wants to lead the world in developing renewable
Meanwhile Turkey, Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit announced the cancellation
of the controversial nuclear power plant proposed for Akkuyu Bay on the
Mediterranean coast north of Cyprus.
"The world is abandoning nuclear power," the Prime Minister
said. "It is unnecessary for us, for the time being, to invest in
Mr. Ecevit emphasized that Turkey would focus on energy conservation and
invest in natural gas, hydro-electricity and solar and wind generation.
World nuclear power use is expected to peak in 2002 and then begin a period
of sustained and permanent decline.