What is not well known in the Anglosphere is that the German nuclear phase-out was actually legislated around 2000, and not in 2011 after Fukushima.
In 2011 Merkel extended the phase-out end date by ~10 years, which was democratically very unpopular. 3-months later Fukushima happened, and the phase-out went back to an end-date similar to the original.
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> What is not well known in the Anglosphere is that the German nuclear phase-out was actually legislated around 2000, and not in 2011 after Fukushima.
I'm not in the Angloshpere, I live in France. I'm probably biased for nuclear power, considering our country depends on it a lot. On the other hand, like with the Chernobyl radioactive cloud, our frontiers sadly don't block pollution rejected by the Germans coal plants.
The big German power companies definitely have a lot to answer for. At least there is now an agreed timeline to shut off all the coal plants.