Germany's nuclear phase-out under pressure

Baden-Württemberg demands change of course to avoid rising CO2 emissions, future power cuts

Germany's pro-nuclear state of Baden-Württemberg has returned to the offensive over the federal government's policy of phasing out nuclear power following an admission by chancellor Gerhard Schröder that coal burning will have to increase. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the centre-right state also cited recent power failures around Europe as a reason for maintaining the option of atomic energy.

Baden-Württemberg insists that all energy supply avenues must be kept open to ensure security of supply without raising greenhouse gas emissions. The federal government's new suggestion that one-third of carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power stations could be avoided still leaves the other two-thirds, it said, "and that remains too much".

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