Germany's Nonsensical Energy Policy

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Germany's government says it will shut down its nuclear power industry by 2022. It  promises to reduce carbon emissions at the same time. To keep both promises through a combination of increased domestic output from renewable sources and lower demand for energy looks just about impossible. Most likely, Germany will have to import more energy--generated from nuclear and/or fossil-fuel sources. Quite what that achieves in terms of reducing the risk of nuclear accidents and diminishing global emissions of greenhouse gases would be hard to say.

Good editorials on the subject in the Washington Post (German's nuclear energy blunder) and FT (The nuclear option).

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Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics.

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