Arne Jungjohann

Arne Jungjohann is the program director for Environment and Global Dialogue with the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Nuclear

Why is the United States so obsessed with nuclear power?

Why aren’t Americans more freaked out about the possibility of a nuclear accident? Photo: MikeThis is part one in a series on the United States and nuclear power. Read parts two, three, and four. After the nuclear catastrophe of Fukushima, as a German living in the U.S., I often get asked these days: What’s going on in Germany with the shutdown of nuclear power plants — is that all mass hysteria? There are good reasons why Germany is moving away so quickly from nuclear power. Certainly, fear is a factor. However, this angst in the face of a nuclear catastrophe …

Energy Policy

No nukes, no problem? Germany’s race for a renewable future

Germany plans to phase out all of its entire nuclear power within 11 years.Photo: Andy RudorferCross-posted from RenewableEnergyWorld.com. This post was coauthored by Wilson Rickerson, CEO of Meister Consultants Group, who leads the company’s international energy and climate work. During the last several years, there has been talk of a global “renaissance of nuclear energy.” That was yesterday. Today, the tragic disaster in Fukushima, Japan, has raised worrying questions about the safety standards of existing nuclear power plants. Countries around the world have prompted safety reviews of active reactors. In the U.S., the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will publish a review of …

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