Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has formally adopted plans that will make Germany the first big, global, economic power to turn its back on nuclear energy.
The government’s green light follows last month’s decision by Berlin to phase out the nuclear sector by 2022 in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster.
Not surprisingly, Germany’s Greens are delighted.
“This is, of course, a success for us, but not only us,” said Cem Özdemir, leader of the German Green Party. “It is also a success for everyone who has opposed nuclear energy in the general public and in other parties. Over the years, there has been a clear majority against the use of nuclear energy in Germany.”
The energy strategy change reverses longer life cycles granted to nuclear power stations only last autumn. Parliament will now consider the plans before its summer break.