Germans back plans to ditch nuclear power
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 7:44a.m.
A new poll finds that a large majority of Germans back the government's decision to phase out nuclear power and switch to renewable energies within a decade, despite rising electricity bills.
The poll for German news magazine Focus published Sunday found that 72 percent continue to support the country's energy switchover. Only 24 percent were opposed to the policy.
Germany's grid operators announced earlier this month that a surcharge on households' electricity prices financing the expansion of renewable energies will increase by 47 percent starting in January. A typical family of four will then have to pay about €250 per year on top of their bill.
Polling agency Forsa surveyed 1,000 people this week. Focus did not provide the poll's margin of error.
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22/10/2012 9:41:40 a.m.
Everyone will have to pay a lot more than that.250 Euros is the starting point as Germany has some of the lowest electricity generation from renewable sources in the world. This is why Germany has the worst carbon pollution in the world for tonnes of CO2 per sq km!What it is, is 250 Euros in its first year, and further increases every year after. When factor in the added costs to industry having to pay more for power, and this flowing through back to consumers/households - it will see a lot more cost. This will then see everyone demanding more pay to cover these new costs, which will add to business costs, which will be passed onto consumers/households ...The world should be taxing the heavy polluters like Germany to encourage cleaner electricity generation, not protecting their right to pollute as we currently do under likes of Kyoto Protocol.
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