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Kraemer, German Ecologic Institute: Subsidies and hidden interests stand behind nuclear power

14 October 2014
Bogdan Tudorache


Berlin. Behind the nuclear industry usually are subsidies and hidden interest, and the construction of new nuclear reactors has a strong whiff of corruption, says Andreas Kraemer, Director of Ecologic Institute German.

“The construction of new nuclear reactors occurs typically from military interests, or there is corruption, given that there are billions of dollars or euro that change hands. Germany will eliminate all nuclear industry by 2022,” said Kraemer, in response to question regarding what he thought of the fact that Romania and other countries building new reactors.

“French and Polish coal industry and nuclear are uncompetitive and will only survive with subsidies,” says Kraemer. He believes that the countries of Eastern Europe, including Romania, should improve their network interconnections and the grid, that should constitute priority investments at the expense of new capital injections in hazardous industries.

“I predict that Germany will have 100% renewable energy by 2035 … Since 1952, when a nuclear accident occurred in Ontario, there is one accident every five years. In addition, the reactors stop without reason, we can take the example of the UK, where interruptions occur almost every four days, “said Kraemer.

Germany is ready to give up the 17 nuclear reactors that it owns, but the costs of dismantling and storage will reach 500 million-1 billion per reactor, said an E.On director, Joachim Lang, for Phasing out nuclear industry is part of the new policy Energiewende, or energy transition, which has advanced especially after the Fukushima disaster.

Autor: Bogdan Tudorache

Active in the economic and business press for the past 26 years, Bogdan graduated Law and then attended intensive courses in Economics and Business English. He went up to the position of editor-in-chief since 2006 and has provided management and editorial policy for numerous economic publications dedicated especially to the community of foreign investors in Romania. From 2003 to 2013 he was active mainly in the financial-banking sector. He started freelancing for Energynomics in 2013, notable for his advanced knowledge of markets, business communities and a mature editorial style, both in Romanian and English.

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