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Germany Ends Nuclear Program

Germany Ends Nuclear Program

2011 March 22
by Steve Beckow
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Germany ends nuclear program

Homeland Security Newswire, Published 21 March 2011, http://homelandsecuritynewswire.com/germany-ends-nuclear-program

Last Thursday German chancellor Angela Merkel declared that her government plans to close its nuclear power plants in a “measured exit”; the decision to end Germany’s nuclear power program was a result of the continuing nuclear crisis in Japan; some believe that Chancellor Merkel’s announcement is driven more by politics than safety concerns; recent polls show that 80 percent of voters are opposed to nuclear power; Merkel’s party faces close regional elections in states where nuclear plants are located; Switzerland, Venezuela, and China have also announced that they will suspend or delay plans to build new nuclear plants

In an abrupt announcement, last Thursday, German chancellor Angela Merkel declared that her government plans to close its nuclear power plants in a “measured exit.”

Merkel said the decision to end Germany’s nuclear power program was a result of the continuing nuclear crisis in Japan.

After a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan, crews have been battling to control several nuclear reactors which have begun to overheat. Three reactors have suffered from partial meltdowns and radiation leaks have forced thousands to evacuate.

In a speech to the lower-house of Parliament, Merkel said, “If the seemingly impossible becomes possible, the absolutely unlikely becomes reality in a highly developed country like Japan, that changes the situation.”

She continued, “Then we have a new situation, and this requires action.”

Earlier last week, Chancellor Merkel declared a three month moratorium on nuclear power to conduct safety reviews at the country’s seventeen nuclear power plants.

At the time of the initial announcement, Merkel said, “We can’t yet make do without the peaceful use of nuclear power as a bridge technology if we want to continue to reliably cover our energy requirements as Europe’s biggest economy and if we want to continue to live up to the need to protect the climate,” Merkel said.

Following the moratorium, Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said that two of Germany’s older nuclear plants that have been in operation since the mid-1970s would be shut down regardless of the results of the safety inspection.

Some believe that Chancellor Merkel’s announcement is driven more by politics than safety concerns.

In response to her remarks to Parliament, Sigmar Gabriel, a leading voice against Merkel’s party, said, “No more lies, Chancellor. Last year you claimed that we wanted to exit nuclear energy too fast. Now you stand here and have the chutzpah to say that we were too slow to exit.”

Nuclear power has been a divisive issue in German politics since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The government’s decision last year to extend the life of its seventeen nuclear power plants for another twelve years was met with wide-spread protests.

After an explosion at Japan’s nuclear power plant, on Saturday 12 March 2011, tens of thousands of Germans formed a human chain in Stuttgart to protest the nuclear plant there. Activists carried signs that read, “Nuclear power – no thanks.”

The Baden-Württemberg state in southern Germany, which houses one of the aging reactors scheduled to be shut down shortly, is holding regional elections this month. The Christian Democrats, Merkel’s party, are struggling to maintain their hold in that state and five additional regional elections will be held this year.

Recent polls show that 80 percent of voters are opposed to nuclear power.

Merkel maintained that the move was not motivated by politics, but by safety issues.
“This is a regulatory step. There is no deal, no agreement with the industry,” she said.
The chancellor has also insisted that nuclear power will not be imported.

“I’m against shutting down our nuclear power plants only to have atomic power imported to Germany from other countries,” she said. “That won’t happen on my watch.”

Instead, Merkel plans to use the cancellation of nuclear power as a catalyst to hasten the transition to clean energy.

“We will use the moratorium period, which we deliberately set to be short and ambitious, to drive the change in energy policy and accelerate it wherever possible, as we want to reach the age of renewable energy as quickly as possible,” she said.

Switzerland, Venezuela, and China have also announced that they will suspend or delay plans to build new nuclear plants.

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  1. Your readers might be interested in the pertinent question of how to treat their radioactively contaminated drinking water:
    http://crisismaven.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/dangers-properties-possible-uses-and-methods-of-purification-of-radioactively-contaminated-drinking-water-e-g-in-japan/

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The Declaration of Human Freedom

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Every being is a divine and eternal soul living in a temporal body. Every being was alive before birth and will live after death.

Every soul enters into physical life for the purpose of experience and education, that it may, in the course of many lifetimes, learn its true identity as a fragment of the Divine.

Life itself is a constant process of spiritual evolution and unfoldment, based on free choice, that continues until such time as we realize our true nature and return to the Divine from which we came.

No soul enters life to serve another, except by choice, but to serve its own purpose and that of the Divine from which it came.

All life is governed by natural and universal laws which precede and outweigh the laws of humanity. These laws, such as the law of karma, the law of attraction, and the law of free will, are decreed by God to order existence and assist each person to achieve life’s purpose.

No government can or should survive that derives its existence from the enforced submission of its people or that denies its people their basic rights and freedoms.

Life is a movement from one existence to another, in varied venues throughout the universe and in other universes and dimensions of existence. We are not alone in the universe but share it with other civilizations, most of them peace-loving, many of whom are more advanced than we are, some of whom can be seen with our eyes and some of whom cannot.

The evidence of our five senses is not the final arbiter of existence. Humans are spiritual as well as physical entities and the spiritual side of life transcends the physical. God is a Spirit and the final touchstone of God’s Truth is not physical but spiritual. The Truth is to be found inward.

God is one and, because of this, souls are one. They form a unity. They are meant to live in peace and harmony together in a “common unity” or community. The use of force to settle affairs runs contrary to natural law. Every person should have the right to conduct his or her own affairs without force, as long as his or her choices do not harm another.

No person shall be forced into marriage against his or her will. No woman shall be forced to bear or not bear children, against her will. No person shall be forced to hold or not hold views or worship in a manner contrary to his or her choice. Nothing vital to existence shall be withheld from another if it is within the community’s power to give.

Every person shall retain the ability to think, speak, and act as they choose, as long as they not harm another. Every person has the right to choose, study and practice the education and career of their choice without interference, provided they not harm another.

No one has the right to kill another. No one has the right to steal from another. No one has the right to force himself or herself upon another in any way.

Any government that harms its citizens, deprives them of their property or rights without their consent, or makes offensive war upon its neighbors, no matter how it misrepresents the situation, has lost its legitimacy. No government may govern without the consent of its people. All governments are tasked with seeing to the wellbeing of their citizens. Any government which forces its citizens to see to its own wellbeing without attending to theirs has lost its legitimacy.

Men and women are meant to live fulfilling lives, free of want, wherever they wish and under the conditions they desire, providing their choices do not harm another and are humanly attainable.

Children are meant to live lives under the beneficent protection of all, free of exploitation, with unhindered access to the necessities of life, education, and health care.

All forms of exploitation, oppression, and persecution run counter to universal and natural law. All disagreements are meant to be resolved amicably.

Any human law that runs counter to natural and universal law is invalid and should not survive. The enactment or enforcement of human law that runs counter to natural and universal law brings consequences that cannot be escaped, in this life or another. While one may escape temporal justice, one does not escape divine justice.

All outcomes are to the greater glory of God and to God do we look for the fulfillment of our needs and for love, peace, and wisdom. So let it be. Aum/Amen.

http://stevebeckow.com/worldwide-march-millions/declaration-human-freedom/.


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