In the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, a tsunami of hysteria has swept the German Green Party to a stunning victory in elections in the state of Baden-Württemberg.The Greens also piled on in the Rhineland Palatinate elections as well. One thing is clear: Angela Merkel’s coalition government with the FDP liberal democrats were punished for their horrendous handling of energy policy in Germany.
One-year ago Merkel and her government approved operating lifetime extensions of nuclear power plants in Germany, giving 8 older reactors the seal approval, certifying they were safe and reliable. That, they were. Indeed German reactors and their management are among the best and safest in the world.
But then came Fukushima, followed by the tsunami of panic generated by an irresponsible media, anti-nuclear activists and opportunistic Greens, who fanned the flames of hysteria with vigor.
But rather than standing up and putting her full faith in German nuclear reactor technology and management, Angela Merkel panicked, blinked and turned her back on the industry, ordering the shutdown of the 8 nuclear reactors that were built before 1981. By turning her back on the nuclear industry, she in the end will have turned her back on the country. The days of cheap, competitive and reliable energy are coming to an end in Germany.
Turning her back on the nuclear industry also made her government’s earlier approval of the reactors appear like a farce. Angela Merkel only succeeded in showing where her priorities are – political survival. Her stance with regards to the Libya war was also pure political calculation.
Now it’s time to pay the piper. Angela Merkel’s government is now collapsing faster than Japan did under it’s 9.0 March 11 earthquake. Rarely does anyone witness ineptitude of this magnitude. She deserved to fail. All of this now clears the way for the SPD socialists and environmental Greens to sweep into power in 2013 in the national elections.
This all clears the way for the German renewable energy experiment, as the reds and the greens are eager to go full throttle with the renewable energy madness, which in the end will make Germany vulnerable and dependent on its neighours. Thanks in part to Merkel, the way is clear to embark on something that has never been tried: an experiment to see if it is possible to power an industrialised and developed country without nuclear and carbon-based energy.