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Andreas Kluth

Germany Looks Ready For Nuclear Exit Number 4

A wrongheaded phase-out of nuclear power plus a wrongheaded reliance on Putin’s natural gas means Germany needs another U-turn.

Keeping the debate nuanced.

Keeping the debate nuanced.

Photographer: Stephanie Pilick/DPA via Getty Images

It’s getting hard to keep count of Germany’s “exits.” I’m talking about those pertaining to nuclear energy. Let’s see. I think we’re between three and four now, but closer to four.

Nuclear exit number 1 began in 2000. The government back then consisted of the center-left Social Democrats and the Greens. The latter were in power for the first time, having grown out of the hippie counterculture of the 1970s, and in particular the German mass movement against nuclear energy. So Germany decided to phase out its nuclear power plants.