This is as backwards as a policy can get. What's stranger, is that's it not coming from socialist SDP, but rather the CDU/FDP coalition - who were supposed to have a more level-headed perspective on the wind/nuclear debacle.
"Should the energy companies not accept our conditions, then the current phase-out plans will not be changed," Pinkwart told SPIEGEL in the issue which hit newsstands on Sunday.
Volker Kauder, CDU floor leader in the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, also reiterated demands for the energy companies to forego much of the additional profit that could fall to them. He told the German public television station ARD on Sunday that up to €50 billion could be generated for the promotion of renewable energies.
Both were referring to preliminary plans that would see Germany's energy giants paying billions into an alternative energy fund should reactor lifetimes be extended.
That's Pinkwart of the free-market FDP calling for successful companies to subsidze their failed competitors. Wow, talk about ideological reversal.
Besides the economic craziness, there's further absurdity in the fact that nuclear and wind are both completely clean energy sources - there is no sane reason for policy to discriminate between them. Yet a coalition document has this incomprehensible statement:
The proposals by the conservatives, still to be finalized, are contained in a working document presented to their new coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats.
The document states that “atomic energy will be required as a bridge technology until affordable, climate-friendly energy sources are reliably available in sufficient quantities.”
Atomic energy - a "bridge" to "climate-friendly" power????
For those who expected CDU/FDP to bring rationality to energy policy (or at the very least, not be so pig-ignorant as to classify nuclear power as "not climate-friendly"), this is a sad disillusionment. There are no deep changes: CDU/FDP will shutter Germany's clean energy - they are not even debating the subject of a total phase-out, it is just a question of deadlines. The discussion has been closed: there is no opposition standing.
In case it's not clear, the SDP is exactly in line with the other two on this larceny:
“This is a great shame,” said Hermann Scheer, the Social Democrats’ leading energy expert.
“If this new government is going to prolong the nuclear plants, then they should ensure that energy companies, who will have huge windfalls from such a decision, pay for the waste management, which the state pays, and use the profits for a proper energy strategy.”
No doubts as to what "proper" means.
On a highly relevant tangent, here's Tom Blees' stark picture of the wind/solar subsidies in Germany:
Update: For a truly frightening read, take a look at this awful anti-nuclear screed - it's the official position of the German government![Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety] The myths of the nuclear industry