It’s bad to split atoms in Germany, but fine once you leave its borders. That’s the message the German government is giving its companies.
German chancellor Angela Merkel, driven by the Fukushima catastrophe, shut down eight nuclear reactors in Germany, then said Germany would phase out nuclear power entirely by 2022.
But right now, the German government is considering guaranteeing German companies for their work on four nuclear power projects in China, Finland, Great Britain and India. In September, Merkel’s government guaranteed a nuclear plant project in Brazil.
Environmentalists are outraged, in part because the project in India would be situated at the Indian Ocean and in a region where earthquakes are likely. It would also be the world’s largest nuclear plant. Two large German banks declined to provide financing, because of the risks involved.
“With such atomic industry guarantees, the Berlin government is paving the way for a new Fukushima,” Heffa Schücking, head of the environmental organization Urgewald, told Der Spiegel.