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Nuclear Power: Economist Malminder Advocates Long Term

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In a little over four months, Germany’s last nuclear reactors will be shut down. However, Ulrike Malmendier’s business philosophy calls for the long term.

Berlin – Must be in April 2023 I finish nuclear energy In Germany. The last three nuclear reactors Isar 2, Emsland and Neckarwestheim 2 are then scheduled to be taken off the grid. according to However, due to the energy crisis, this plan is often criticized.

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Also Ulric Malmender Administration He has now spoken out in favor of keeping Germany’s last three nuclear power plants operating longer on the grid. “We now know that the winter of 2023/2024 will not necessarily be easier,” said the economist from the University of Berkeley, USA. Handelsblatt. “That is why it is important to exhaust all possibilities, and this is where nuclear power plants are a part of.”

The decision must now be made quickly so that operators can set up and purchase new fuel rods. Chancellor: Malminder also criticized the federal government’s course on the nuclear issue for reasons of foreign policy Olaf Schulz (SPD) caused confusion in the United States with its belated decision to shut down the Emsland, Neckarwestheim 2 and later Isar 2 power plants, while at the same time continuing to buy gas from Russia.

In light of the energy crisis, economist Ulrike Malmendier calls for a longer run time for the nuclear power plant. © Stefan Bones / Imago

Since this summer, Malminder has been a member of the Council of Economic Experts, which advises the federal government on economic issues. According to the original plan, this wanted to start at the beginning of 2023 No more nuclear power to produce. In view of the energy crisis, the operation period of the three power plants has been extended to April. New fuel rods should not be purchased for this.

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Opposition Economic Council CDU At the same time, he called for the issue of closing the remaining power plants to separate them from research on new nuclear technologies. “Although we have run out of time for conventional boiling water and pressurized water reactors, research is now introducing new operating principles and types of reactors to which the pros and cons of previous arguments no longer apply,” states a position paper by the committee through which Liberation Network Germany (RND) Quoted on Monday.

“With the decision to phase out the use of nuclear energy, Germany should in no way close the door to research on this future technology,” said Wolfgang Steiger, Secretary General of the Economic Council. RND. “On the contrary, research on types of Generation IV reactors should be greatly increased and more financially supported by the public sector.” (pH/AFP)