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Conference of the Greens to phase out nuclear power : A power which is about to start dirty

Without a small Signal to attack the conference to begin. Not for the Greens, when it comes to the nuclear phase-out, the brand core. And not for Anton Hofreiter. "We have decided to phase out several times," he says and makes a little break. In his back, a banner is set up, the shows wrapped the Globe in red-and-yellow radiation. "But we are not yet there where we would like to be," adds the leader of the Greens in the Bundestag on Monday.

As of the fuel elements,-Export, at all the operation of the factories in Lingen and Gronau. Because of the uncritical approach to the Euratom-Treaty. This government have not grasped fully how the nuclear phase-out had to deal. "We want to make the nuclear phase-out to a successful product," he says. "It's something that is not yet finished: the global nuclear phase-out", continues with Sylvia Kotting-Uhl, chair of the environment Committee, a little later.

The conference of the Greens will take place on the day eight years after the beginning of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. However, despite the accidents, the nuclear energy is not seen on the decline globally. Although Germany is increasing the use of nuclear power, and France also wants to reduce the use of nuclear energy in the long term. However, Poland is currently investing heavily in the entry. As of 2033, the country wants to cover a part of its energy needs with nuclear energy. "It has not yet done enough to ensure that a global nuclear phase-out conceivable," says Kotting-Uhl.

"in 2019, not an important Argument is seen for nuclear power,"

How controversial the use of nuclear power currently, a little later in the debate in the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-house of the Bundestag. "This means that we can be so sure is not easy," says Anne Laszio input. The trade Union official of the Fessenheim NPP is hampered by the desire to make the nuclear phase-out to the "export hit". The operator had called for in February, a compensation for the closure of the Nuclear power plant.

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For Laszlo but it is also about dependencies: "I Want to be dependent on Russian Gas, supplies of Rare earths from China? What we will not give up so easily, are the competences in the field of nuclear technology.“ For this purpose, the phase-out of nuclear energy is delayed, those from coal. "This is in our eyes is wrong." Laszlo argues with climate change. "This is an energy which is about to start dirty" on the other hand says Kotting-Uhl. Alone in the removal of uranium large amounts of CO2 would generate emissions.

The Green interfere with already operating close to the border NPP abroad. As such, the Belgian reactors Doel 3 and Tihange 2, the tanks in the past due to fine cracks in the pressure, you always hit the headlines. Since the French nuclear power plant Cattenom. Or just Fessenheim, old and prone to failure, one kilometre from the border.

For the Greens, in the Alsace region is a ticking time bomb in the designated earthquake zone. Macron had announced in November last year, a shutdown for the summer of 2020. In France, too, so it hear Kotting-Uhl of French members of Parliament, to prepare the NPP-Decommissioning and disposal. "There are in the year 2019, not an important Argument for nuclear power," she says.

it is also investing in Europe is still in the nuclear energy, not only in Poland. Rebecca Harms, a member of the industry Committee of the European Parliament, is present. For her party she has brought no good news from Europe. "Under the guise of 'climate protection' will have an extension of the term well-great economy," she says. In Belgium and France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the Czech Republic there is already such permits, or it will worked.

the Euratom Treaty, in criticism

Harms also says: "The Euratom Treaty has been and is used to legitimise the promotion of the construction of nuclear power plants." As an example, the power plant Hinkley Point C, the first new construction of a Nuclear power plant in the UK for decades. 2023, it will go to the grid. "The project makes it clear that in the EU-Commission is an advocacy for nuclear power." The Directorate-General for energy was "a strong castle for the nuclear power". Kotting-Uhl makes it clear that the Euratom Treaty should not be used for the construction of new nuclear power plants, but rather only for the Nuclear Decommissioning, disposal and research.

Yves Desbazeille, Director of the European atomic forum, Foratom, argued especially with the climate protection and the climate protection goals of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC). You need a mix of energy from different energy sources, say the IPCC. "We need life extensions and new buildings. We also need to get the Know-how.“

"A Million years we have to live with the Legacy of life"

Recently, the Federal Council called on the government to examine "how the Export of German nuclear fuels in vulnerable border plants, can be prevented safely", and for a switch-Off of fault-prone Nuclear power plant in the vicinity of the border. Germany could set a good example, and finally to the locations in Lingen and Gronau "sealing," said Hofreiter input. The parliamentary state Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (SPD) acknowledges that it was a difficult situation. "We are working with our departmental colleagues, the nuclear phase-out consistently."

the topic is a part, completely different, is shown in further lectures. A presentation by the representative of the Chinese Embassy, the nuclear power as a subset of the "clean energy". You need more, he says. You build them continuously and therefore build nuclear power plants in order to reduce the share of coal-fired power. Late also Valerie Faudon French society of nuclear energy comes to the word and leads the increase in CO2 emissions since the Paris climate agreement in 2015. "The solutions to climate change must not be cannibalizing," she says. "A Million years, we will have to live with the Legacy. The Absurd displays of this form of energy,“ Kotting-Uhl to the end.

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