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German Chancellor rejects reopening of closed nuclear power plants

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has dismissed a junior coalition partner’s suggestion that the country should retain the ability to use its closed nuclear power plants, saying atomic power is a “dead horse.” in Germany.

Germany shut down its last three nuclear reactors in April, completing a process that received broad political support after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in 2011. energy due to the war in Ukraine.

Among those advocating a reprieve were members of the Free Democrats, a pro-business party that is part of Scholz’s governing coalition.

This week, the Free Democrats parliamentary caucus endorsed a political statement saying it wants to “stop the dismantling of nuclear power plants that are still operational” as part of efforts to prepare for worst-case scenarios. “It’s the only way for us to remain able to act in all situations,” he said.

Scholz dismissed that suggestion in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio on Saturday.

Nuclear power is over,” he said. “The question of nuclear energy in Germany is a dead horse. Anyone wanting to build new nuclear power plants would need 15 years and would have to spend between 15 and 20 billion euros each.”

The Chancellor insisted that “the fact is that with the end of the use of nuclear energy, dismantling has also begun” and that any discussion of the resumption of the use of atomic energy would involve construction of new power plants.

He highlighted plans to meet the future needs of Europe’s largest economy by expanding the use of renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

The latest talk of nuclear power came after Scholz pledged on Wednesday that the ideologically diverse coalition of his center-left Social Democrats, Green Greens and Free Democrats would ease the frequent infighting that has weighed heavily on him. weighed in the polls.

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