Germany's ruling coalition says it has agreed a date of 2022 for the shutdown of all of its nuclear power plants.Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen made the announcement after a meeting of the ruling coalition that lasted into the early hours of Monday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had set up an ethics panel to look into nuclear power following the disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan.
Germany saw mass anti-nuclear protests in the wake of the disaster.
'Sustainable energy' Mr Rottgen said the seven oldest reactors, which were already subject to a moratorium, and the Kruemmel nuclear power plant, would not resume.
Six others would go offline by 2021 at the latest and the three newest by 2022, he said.
Mr Rottgen said: "It's definite. The latest end for the last three nuclear power plants is 2022. There will be no clause for revision." end quote.
Since Germany is known all over the world as the single most efficient user of technology historically, this might mean something to the rest of the world that doesn't want to eventually deal with what Russia in Chernobyl and now Japan in Fukushima and before that Three Mile Island in the U.S. had to deal with over the years. Thinking about the inevitable in regard to "Something eventually going very wrong because of Earthquakes, tsunamis or whatever will be literally an ongoing nightmare that anyone working in or living next to a nuclear power plant will have to deal with from now on. What happens to the value of someone's land who lives next to a nuclear power plant if "ANYTHING" ever goes wrong there?
The answer is nothing. Zero. Nada. Gone! And unfortunately while people all over earth remember Fukushima and Chernobyl this is a problem if you own a house near any nuclear power plant on Earth likely for a long time to come or at least until people forget enough about what happened this year.