Germany 2022: No matter in which direction, the main thing is forward

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By Kalte Sonne

Bundestag Vice-President Katrin Göring-Eckardt (Greens) © Philipp Znidar/dpa

The inclined interested person is currently not so quickly behind, such a dynamic is developing the topic of nuclear energy especially in Germany. The direction is not always clear. Let’s start with the Green Katrin Göring Eckhard. She apparently did not really recognize the seriousness of the situation. According to Zeit, the Green politician assumes that the debate about nuclear energy is only being conducted for one reason: to strangle the Greens one. We learn that it is not the securing of the electricity supply that is a great asset, but the party line of the Greens must be protected. These are interesting priorities.

Presumably, the neighboring countries of Germany only want to “choke one thing” on the Greens. They are wondering why they should pay for the fact that Germany wants to go through with its energy transition path and why they should now save gas for Germany. Die Welt reports:

“From the point of view of countries such as Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and France, the continued operation of German nuclear power plants could make a significant contribution to saving gas, as in the Federal Republic of Germany about 15 percent of the electricity was still generated by gas-fired power plants. If Russia were to completely stop supplying gas to the EU, more reserves would be available for domestic heating and industry.”

Certainly not meant quite seriously was the proposal from Poland that Germany should lease its nuclear power plants to the country, as you can read on n-tv.

“Of course, the proposal of a nuclear power plant lease is unusual,” said Razem MP Maciej Konieczny. He should illustrate the absurd situation in Germany in his view. At the same time, the opposition politician spoke of an “attractive offer to the ruling party”, the national-conservative PiS: “Poland should agree to take over these facilities in order to save the climate and energy solidarity.”

From the German-critical government camp, the MP Janusz Kowalski (Solidarna Polska) supported the proposal. “The problem with the German political debate is quite simple: they are unable to admit their mistake and back down.”

One person who also dutifully repeats the Greens’ speech texts on Twitter is the Green Britta Hasselmann. It also doubts the competence of TüV Süd, which has commented on the possible continued operation of the plants. Whoever of the readers here should have made his main inspection at one of the acceptance points of TüV Süd, we advise you to be careful. During a traffic control, the vehicle could otherwise be decommissioned, if one follows the logic of Hasselmann. A police officer could take the view that the TüV made serious mistakes in a dam break in Brazil, or in the certification of breast implants.

So why trust the main inspections?

To understand this correctly, the mafia-like machinations with stylized car reports are a scandal, but as always, there are a few that are enough to ruin the reputation of an entire company.

What do general inspections of motor vehicles have to do with the tests of nuclear power plants?

The fact that it was not the TüV Süd that was involved in the scandal surrounding the breast implants is only a disturbing side note. Perhaps for a Green, a nuclear power plant, a dam, a breast implant or a general inspection are all about the same?

(Figure: Screenshot Twitter)

But it gets even better. Greepeace commissions an expert report. And because the green scene knows how well family business works, the law firm is commissioned by Michael Günter. He was on the board of Greenpeace International for some time and is still on the Ethics Council of Greenpeace. But not only there, also at Green Planet Energy. Some will recall that the company used to be called Greenpeace Energy and sailed under a false flag for a long time, even lobbying itself and fooled the politicians who believed Greenpeace was standing in front of them. Has Günter ever wondered how ethical it is to sell Russian pipeline gas, to which tiny amounts of biogas and so-called wind gas have been added?

Robert Habeck und Annalena Baerbock.

However, the report of the law firm accuses the TüV-Süd of having prepared a courtesy report. If you’re into ludicrousness, you could laugh out loud or remember Robert Gernhardt. The biggest critics of the moose are themselves. The current Green Position Paper against nuclear energy takes the Focus and finds considerable errors in it.

“”Nuclear power plants do not help out of the gas crisis.”

That’s wrong. The continued operation of the three nuclear power plants still in operation in Germany and perhaps even a restart of the three reactors that were shut down only half a year ago would at least alleviate the gas crisis. 13 percent of Germany’s electricity currently comes from gas-fired power plants, six percent from nuclear power.

If nuclear power is eliminated, more must be generated with other energy sources – i.e. coal, gas or renewable energies. If the nuclear power plants were to run longer, this share of electricity would not have to be replaced. The three nuclear power plants generated 33 terawatt hours of electricity last year. If you were to convert that into gas, you can use it to heat around three million single-family homes. Nine million people could take a shower.”

Now, according to the SZ, Finance Minister Lindner is putting the Greens in a bind because he is against the use of gas to generate electricity.

“Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) calls on Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) to stop electricity production with the help of gas. ” We have to work to ensure that the gas crisis is not accompanied by an electricity crisis,” Lindner told Bild am Sonntag. Therefore, electricity should no longer be produced with gas. Habeck has the legal authority to prevent this. In order to maintain other electricity capacities, Lindner recommends nuclear energy: “There is much to be said for not shutting down the safe and climate-friendly nuclear power plants, but using them if necessary by 2024.”

Natural gas accounts for 10.1 percent of the electricity from the socket. In addition, there are also gas-fired power plants for purely industrial power generation. If these are included, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) assumes a total share of 15.4 percent.”

In the same article we can read:

“On the other hand, the President of the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management, Wolfram König, rejects extended operating times of nuclear power plants in Germany. König told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: “The hard-won social consensus would also be fundamentally called into question.” In addition, the question of a repository for highly radioactive nuclear waste has still not been resolved.”

How good that the Greens here are a party member and trained urban planner! in the leading position of the still young federal authority. Vegans usually still write the best steakhouse guides, they say. How the attitude of König, who actually has to be neutral as head of a federal agency, fits in with nuclear energy is another matter. In the FAZ he writes a long essay, which basically only repeats the Green speech text of recent times.

The disposal of waste from nuclear power plants must be regulated one way or another, regardless of whether it comes to an extension of the service life or not. Apparently, however, it is pretended that the amount of waste increases dramatically when 3 or even 6 plants run longer.
Above all, König speaks of social consensus. But that’s exactly what he turns a blind eye to when you look at the lifetime extension surveys. The essay has some serious flaws that are pointed out here. Shouldn’t the head of an authority be absolutely saddle-solid in the matter?

Meanwhile, the Stadtwerke München defend themselves against accusations by the ice ball professional Jürgen Trittin. In Der Spiegel, the Chairman of the Executive Board, Dr. Florian Bieberbach, complains about Trittin and his teachings:

“It is true that the electricity and heat generation of the municipal utilities should be ensured to a large extent by the use of hard coal, waste, geothermal energy and heating oil and only to a small extent by gas. However, a harsh winter could cause district heating and electricity to rise sharply in grid loads. Especially in southern Germany, it would then be necessary to increase electricity generation in gas-fired power plants. A stretch operation of the nuclear power plant could partially replace the gas in electricity generation during this time, according to the municipal utilities “although the stretch operation can of course not solve the gas supply problem”

“In addition, a baseload power plant such as Isar 2 relieves the burden because it shifts the coal-fired power plants that are currently operating at medium load, but basically flexible, to peak load and thus displaces gas-fired power plants,” says Bieberbach. This also saves natural gas. “A complex topic that we would also like to discuss with Mr. Trittin on occasion.”

The recent events surrounding nuclear energy are rounded off by Ukraine’s announcement that it will export more electricity to Europe in the future. Needless to say, a large part of this comes from nuclear power plants. Der Spiegel also reported here.

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