The ARD documentary shows the whole nuclear phase-out dilemma

Dismantling devours billions: ARD documentary presents the whole dilemma of phasing out nuclear weapons

Germany responded to the Fukushima disaster in 2011 with a planned nuclear phase-out. But it costs billions, and the waste disposal problem remains unresolved while neighboring countries continue to use nuclear power. In France, as a comprehensive ARD documentary has shown, Germany’s exit is considered “ridiculous”.

This year should be included in the history of power generation as a year of progress: in 2022 Germany wants to phase out nuclear power. However, the energy crisis resulting from Russia’s aggressive war in Ukraine has brought this decision up for debate once again. Recently, the Fukushima disaster in 2011 revealed the dangers, and the technology may not be fully controlled. What remains is radioactive waste, tens of thousands of tons, and there is no clear plan for storage.

Another risk is the dismantling of nuclear power plants, which will take decades and will cost Germany several billion euros. Then there are countries like France in the immediate vicinity that stick to nuclear power. Thirteen of the European Union’s 27 countries continue to operate nuclear power plants, and some are expanding. Nuclear nightmare?

France mocks Germany’s exit, calling it “ridiculous”

The nearly 90-minute film Atomic Energy Forever by director Carsten Rau, shown by ARD Wednesday evening as part of the Documentary in the First series, attempted to paint the largest possible picture of atomic energy. No matter how you twist and transform this image: it just doesn’t look good. Even if the old advertising films, which were frequently incorporated into the documents, predicted a bright future. “Inexpensive and environmentally friendly” is the new energy. Today we know better.

Rao weaves six episodes together for a comprehensive look at the nuclear problem. Among other things, it takes viewers in search of a suitable repository. The requirements are tough: He must live a million years and the next ten ice ages. The French nuclear industry was also discussed. Here, Germany’s abolition of nuclear power is mocked as “ridiculous”.

Four million tons of radioactive material

A look at Greifswald reveals how much effort it takes to demolish a giant nuclear power plant. Where the “electrification of the developed countries” was proclaimed at the time of the GDR, room after room is now being purged. “What we do here is not just a job,” says nuclear engineer Jörg Meyer. It emphasizes a “potentially special danger” due to radioactivity.

There is no reason to lose Meyer’s sense of humor. “Our radiation protection master’s eyes lit up,” he jokes into the phone. At some point there must be a green meadow in this huge area, nothing reminiscent of a nuclear power plant. Until then, the dismantling will cost 5.6 billion euros, and will take at least 33 years. The dismantling of all 17 German nuclear power plants means a total of four million tons of radioactive material.

French researcher: “We all need carbon-neutral energies”

“Atomic Energy Forever” also looks beyond national borders. “When I see how many nuclear power plants are being built all over the world, it would really be a shame to get out of this region,” Angela Merkel declared in 2009. Even if she revised her opinion on nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster and promoted phase-out, part The first of the quote is still valid today, France, for example, as the largest nuclear country on the continent, generates three-quarters of electricity in this way. .

At the Cadarache Nuclear Research Center in southern France, work is currently underway on new energies that are free of carbon dioxide. “In light of the rising world population, we will need all carbon dioxide-free energies, including nuclear,” says one of the officials. Energy isn’t “clean” – a key word here too: nuclear waste – and safety must also be improved, he acknowledges. But not everything is black and white: nuclear power generates electricity free of carbon dioxide. Without this technology, fossil fuel-based power plants would have to supply it so that renewable energies could be expanded.

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The origin of this article “ARD Documentary Shows the Dilemma of All-Nuclear Phase Out” comes from Teleschau.

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