Can we replace fossil fuels without going nuclear? One German company says so.
Unlike nuclear power, coal doesn’t have to wait for failed safety features to pollute the groundwater, pollute the air, and make people sick for miles around. So getting off fossil fuels is a priority — but now a lot of people are thinking twice about nuclear. Germany, which got 23 percent of its power from nuclear last year, is shutting down reactors left and right.
To the rescue: The German renewable industry lobby. It says that renewable power — wind, hydro, solar, and biomass — would be able to supply 47 percent of Germany’s power by 2020. That could allow Germany to wean itself off nuclear without running back into the dirty, dirty arms of coal.