Industry Gears Up for Battle with Merkel

Business leaders meeting with the German Chancellor about CO2 emissions targets push for the increased use of nuclear energy

Angela Merkel is meeting Tuesday with CEOs of leading German industrial companies and business organizations to promote her government's ambitious climate protection plans. Industry captains, however, are warning that the chancellor's plan could lead to the loss of jobs and an exodus of skilled workers to other countries. They argue that the only conceivable way for Germany to even come close to achieving those goals is to extend the lifespan of its nuclear power plants, which are all slated for shutdown by 2021.

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