a future?. . in America, lobbyists are constantly trying to convince us that alternative energy just isn' t a viable option. Meanwhile, in Germany, they have pe
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a future?

in America, lobbyists are constantly
trying to convince us that alternative
energy just isn' t a viable option.
Meanwhile, in Germany, they have permanetly
shut down 8 of their 17 nuclear power' plants.
The rest of them will be shutdown by 2022...
Where do you think they are getting their
electricity from?
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User avatar #16 - toadkillerdog (09/23/2013) [+] (26 replies)
actually, germany is buying a lot of their power from France's nuclear power plants....
#3 - collegedood (09/22/2013) [+] (2 replies)
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Europe has stricter laws on resource consumption (water, electricity, oil, etc) than america does. If we made laws to restrict energy concuption to the point that solar power (has an efficiency of 10-15%) was a viable option, there would be riots in the streets
User avatar #31 - fantomen (09/23/2013) [+] (23 replies)
They import coal power from the east.
Seriously.

Their PM shut down assloads of nuclear plants after the Fukushima meltdown in Japan, because "it could happen over here" Because there are so many earthquakes and tsunamis in Germany that could knock out the redundant safety systems *facepalm*.

Now they use mainly coal power which is VERY dirty, very dangerous, and much more expensive to the consumer.
User avatar #52 - Fgner (09/23/2013) [+] (41 replies)
Okay let's review:

> Germany is getting rid of Nuclear Power Plants for "alternative methods". However, these alternatives are actually a combination of buying nuclear power from France, utilizing coal power plants (which... just... that's just messed up. So expensive, so pollutant, so... just bad.), and spending ungodly amounts of money on this power, which can't satisfy the demands.

> Look at how much space this is taking up... Just look at that. I have solar panels, the size of one of those - it can't power my house. It can only power my water heater. And it cost ~10k USD. My entire house would take about 4 of these. So what you see in that image takes up the space of a small town, doesn't provide the energy for one, doesn't work for extended periods of rain/clouds (where alternate methods must be used), and it's actually really unsightly. I'd rather have some of those beautifully lusch woods in my backyard.

> The result of nuclear power? A metric ******* of energy, steam, a radioactive rod now and again - of course this radioactive rod can easily be put in a safe environment and stored. It also takes very little space, can power numerous cities, and be built miles and miles away from anyone's horizon. The failure rate for nuclear power plants is actualyl virtually 0. To pass a modern inspection they must be built resistant to Earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, etc. Even if they aren't in an area it can happen. And those "radioactive" rods, they're (a) spent and (b) something derived from the Earth to begin with and (c) even the heaviest gamma radiation from them can be stopped with a few feet of lead/concrete. Which is how they're disposed. In fact, there were proposals to shoot them into space, but it was figured to costly and no benefit, since they're safe as it is anyway.

Nuclear energy is super clean and super efficient. Stop talking about **** you don't know about. Green energy isn't viable. It just ******* isn't.
#144 - houseofbrick (09/23/2013) [+] (1 reply)
From France's incredibly efficient nuclear power plants that use their own radioactive waste to produce more energy. They make so much power they sell it to all their neighboring countries.
#210 - huffe (09/23/2013) [+] (6 replies)
burning jews?
User avatar #62 - gammajk (09/23/2013) [+] (16 replies)
Since when is nuclear energy NOT alternative energy?
User avatar #94 - lovesmylittlepony (09/23/2013) [+] (9 replies)
Then there's France, with 80% nuclear power.
User avatar #97 to #94 - thewowpimp ONLINE (09/23/2013) [-]
I hate people who distrust nuclear power.

It's just so ******* reliable and it's only hated because of ****** soviet era tech.

Isaac Asimov was right, nuclear power is the ******* future.
User avatar #111 - teamrocketninja (09/23/2013) [+] (6 replies)
But nuclear power is far more efficient.
#139 - kepesauce (09/23/2013) [-]
I hear they're harnessing the power from something they were burning back in the 40s..
User avatar #133 - Milos (09/23/2013) [+] (1 reply)
German electricity power import has increased significantly and it is affecting the price of electrical energy in whole Europe, last month we had an increase of 11% for electrical energy utility bill. Czech power export to Germany has increased 673% in the first 6 months in 2013 compared to the same time in 2012!
And no, you can't satisfy power demand from green sources, you need to have large power plants that run on nuclear or fossil fuel to maintain frequency and voltage stability, as percentage of energy that comes from these sources increases so do reserves of power that you need to cover from conventional sources. Plus it is more reliable and a lot cheaper.
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#204 - anonexplains (09/23/2013) [+] (2 replies)
germany is also nowhere near as big as the US. just sayin'.
User avatar #104 - planetpluto (09/23/2013) [-]
Not from the ******* solar panels. Those don't do **** , they have smart electric grids and large wind farms.
#121 - KingJuan (09/23/2013) [-]
Also... They have less sunlight than us.
Also... They have less sunlight than us.
#225 - garfvader (09/23/2013) [+] (1 reply)
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where i get my electricity
User avatar #103 - sinonyx (09/23/2013) [+] (8 replies)
yeah, you're soooo right on the money
because we had sooooo much unowned land to just build massive solar arrays...
#118 to #114 - lotengo ONLINE (09/23/2013) [-]
we are amazing people
#9 - wheresthefudge (09/23/2013) [+] (19 replies)
Well, I mean, if you look at it, they're really not as viable.   
   
The problem isn't generation. Solar and even wind can generate plenty of power. The problem comes in when you consider that you can't store that power. It has to be used immediately. Those kind of alternative energy just aren't consistent enough.
Well, I mean, if you look at it, they're really not as viable.

The problem isn't generation. Solar and even wind can generate plenty of power. The problem comes in when you consider that you can't store that power. It has to be used immediately. Those kind of alternative energy just aren't consistent enough.
#277 to #268 - mrcrocodile (09/24/2013) [-]
YOU DO NOT HAVE THE BADGES TO TRAIN ME
User avatar #224 - ampharosrules (09/23/2013) [+] (9 replies)
Even though nuclear power isn't bad.
User avatar #262 to #259 - Logicaltightrope (09/23/2013) [-]
Nope, they have such long half-lives that they're pretty much considered stable. Almost harmless, easy to contain.

Even better, feed it into a breeder reactor and you get spent uranium out - an isotope that is harmless and very useful for a variety of purposes.
User avatar #129 - mrtwilightsparkle (09/23/2013) [+] (5 replies)
Norway is 100% Hydroelectric. Just saying.

The Hoover Dam could power the whole east coast, if I'm not mistaken.
User avatar #127 - SognaVetr (09/23/2013) [-]
Russia.
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