German scientist admits nuclear decommissioning takes priority over fighting climate change

A French nuclear power plant. Photo credit: Daniel Jolivet via Flickr.

By Anders Lorenzen 

A nuclear row has unfolded on Twitter between clean energy enthusiasts, over whether Germany’s effort in cutting emissions have been hampered by their rapid phase out of their nuclear power plants.


It all started when the American editor of the PV Magazine, Christian Roselund praised the founder of the clean energy analyst company, Bloomberg New Energy Foundation (BNEF), Michael Liebreich, for an article on the energy transition. Liebreich obviously referring to different views on energy policy asked if they were friends again? Roselund then said that he referred the right to challenge him on the Tories (Liebreich is a member of the party) and feed-in tariffs. And then, at once, the row was established with a sharp comment by Liebreich in, which he said he also reserved the right to mock him about Germany’s hypocrisy in talking about climate change, but acting to shut zero-carbon, safe nuclear! The German energy analyst and Political Scientist Arne Jungjohann entered the row in aggressive manner saying: Mock it if German govt weakened its climate target. It didn’t. So move on.

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It then gets technical while the discussion goes back and forwards.Liebreich then moves to declare that we should not choose between nuclear and renewables:

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Others entered the debate highlighting the safety issue of nuclear:

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And here it really becomes interesting when Arne essentially admits that Germany priorities decommissioning nuclear over fighting climate change:

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Nuclear has become a toxic issue in the debate of whether it should be a part of the strategy to tackle climate change. The majority of green groups dismisses nuclear as solution, and many campaigns against it, which are echoed by many environmentalists. However some high profile people who wants to see action on climate change, Michael Liebreich included, see nuclear as a solution.


A new book, Climate Gamble, co-authored by the Finnish energy writer Rauli Partanen asks if anti nuclear activism is endangering our ability to tackle climate change.

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2 responses to “German scientist admits nuclear decommissioning takes priority over fighting climate change

  1. Pingback: Debate moderators yet again ignored climate change, and Twitter is having none of it | A greener life, a greener world·

  2. Pingback: Analysis: Germany’s carbon emissions rose in 2016 due to nuclear shutdown | A greener life, a greener world·

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