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German public, churches, oppose nuclear energy, prefer more modest lifestyle

Those in favour of ditching nuclear energy have the churches on their side too, it emerged on Sunday, when the Catholic and Protestant representatives on the Ethics Commission on Atomic Energy expressed their views.

Most Germans would sacrifice lifestyle to ditch nuclear energy The Local, 4 April 11, A majority of Germans would sacrifice a certain level of quality of life in order to close down the country’s nuclear power stations, according to a new survey. The poll found that 60 percent of those questioned were in favour of Germany generating its energy from only non-nuclear sources – even if this meant personal sacrifices……
Only 17 percent of those asked said they were in favour of nuclear power being included in Germany’s energy policy until 2030 or longer.

Such opinions benefit the political fortunes of the Green Party, said Klaus Schöppner, head of Emnid. “After the atomic catastrophe in Japan, people are very emotional. In this situation, the Greens can only win sympathy,” he said……
Those in favour of ditching nuclear energy have the churches on their side too, it emerged on Sunday, when the Catholic and Protestant representatives on the Ethics Commission on Atomic Energy expressed their views.

Munich Archbishop Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who represents the Catholic Church on the commission, told Sunday’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that he felt a technology that had incalculable consequences for entire generations could not be trusted.

And Ulrich Fischer, Baden state bishop of the Evangelical Church, warned in the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper on Saturday, of a “foul compromise” should domestic nuclear power stations be closed but nuclear-generated energy be imported.

He said Germany should proceed with an exit strategy as fast as possible – under the condition that social life continues with clear energy saving measures.

“We are dealing with goods which we cannot leave to the market,” said Marx, adding that financial help for the poor should be considered if a new mixture of energy, including renewable sources, increased prices.
Most Germans would sacrifice lifestyle to ditch nuclear energy – The Local

April 4, 2011 - Posted by | Germany, opposition to nuclear, Religion and ethics

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