Greta Thunberg Argues Germany Should Keep Nuclear Power

In a surprise that surely caught radical climate protesters off guard, activist Greta Thunberg now argues that taking Germany’s nuclear plants offline is not the proper course of action.

Speaking on German public television Tuesday, the Swedish teenager declared that it is a “bad idea” to turn to coal power when nuclear plants are “already in place.”

Thunberg has long sided with anti-nuclear activists, and it was just earlier this year when she railed against the EU for permitting nuclear power to be classified as partly-green.

In 2019, Thunberg declared herself to be opposed to nuclear power, saying that it has a chance of being a very small part of a larger carbon-free energy solution.

It may be workable, she explained, in areas that do not have the possibility of large-scale renewable energy, but it’s “extremely dangerous, expensive, and time-consuming.”

Germany, however, faces a dire crisis with the virtual cutoff of vital Russian energy supplies and the looming winter months. The young crusader seems to have come over to the side of nuclear power playing a role and staving off the critical energy shortage, especially with available options.

Those options are coal.

Her voice now joins many other green activists who urge the German government to keep its nuclear plants online this year. Many others within and outside of the EU had made this case in the months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The idea of spurning coal and remaining with the nuclear option for energy faces resistance from within the German government. Climate minister Robert Habeck said this week that continued operation of one of the plants may be problematic due to it needing repairs.

The nation has three remaining active nuclear facilities, and Habeck proposed keeping two of the three in reserve. Another energy official, however, countered this argument with a letter to government officials.

Habeck’s plan, the letter states, is unworkable in that it calls for keeping the two plants in cold reserve beginning with the new year. The idea is “technically not feasible” and thus described as an “unsuitable” solution to the crisis.