Imagine my suprise to open the webpage of the Huanqiu Shibao this morning to find the headline “German Environmental Ministry Announces that Germany Will Close All Nuclear Plants by 2022.” The following story/poll looks like this — and please note the minumum of spin:
In other words:
Do you or don’t you support China continuing to develop nuclear power plants? (Click “Support” “Don’t support”)
Huanqiu Shibao internet reporter Tan Liya reports that, according to an AFP report of May 30, Germany has decided to close all domestic nuclear power plants by 2022, creating among the significant industrialised nations on the earth the first country to renounce nuclear energy.
The Japanese earthquake and the leaks at the first reactor at Fukushima in March of this year have triggered a series of debates about the saftety of nuclear power in many countries. According to German media reports, hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets on May 28 to oppose the continued retention of nuclear power plants in Germany.
There is no way China can relinquish nuclear energy; already there is insufficient energy supply available for use, and the power lines are old. Of course there are a few people who say “people can live without electricity,” but if this world were truly without electricity for more three months, you try it! The basic soloution to the problem is to recognize that technical capabilities should improve and that high technical solutions can be found. Why does Germany relinquish [nuclear power]? Because they have hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating, the government cannot take the stand not to destroy nuclear power, or [they would also have to] fight a civil war.