Two major US news outlets (AFP and Forbes) recently promoted stories claiming Germany restarted their closed nuclear reactors, was buying power from France and was “destabilizing” power grids all across Europe.
Bellona pointed out the impossibility of this as Germany can not just turn back on their reactors. The incorrect articles claimed the “grid operators” turned the nuclear reactors back on when the reality is that they no longer have operating licenses and would require extensive government approval to restart.
Reuters was one of the few agencies to get the story correct. Germany manged their own power needs and exported power to nuclear dependent France. Germany did restart an idled coal plant but didn’t experience the considerable shortages France did. One factor cited by Reuters is that France attempts to power heating with electricity while Germany heats with a combination of power and gas sources.
What is the major scandal out of this story is how quick the US media outlets jumped on Germany’s supposed deficiency and blamed the countries phase out of nuclear power for everything from a shortage of power to the collapse of of the European power grid. This is not the first time Germany has been attacked by various parties looking for any chance to prove Germany wrong for their decision to end their nuclear program. Forbes also made a specific point to blame Germany’s renewable program. The reality is that renewables like solar are actually helping Germany during peak power use times and are helping keep rates down.
Hat Tip to Enenews who first broke this story.
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