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Germany: Munich activists protest against nuclear plant closures02:47

Germany: Munich activists protest against nuclear plant closures

Germany, Munich
October 21, 2018 at 13:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pro-nuclear activists rallied in the centre of Munich on Sunday, to demand a halt to nuclear plant closures.

Protesters blamed Germany for abandoning its 2020 climate goals and setting a path for the destruction of the Hambach forest, in order to mine for coal.

“We should shut down coal plants instead of nuclear plants. The government has just set the wrong priority. And the climate will pay the price," said rally organiser Amadeus Schermer.

“If Germany wants to be a manufacturer of some of the best cars in the world, they need the energy. So it either has to come from coal or from nuclear. And they chose coal,” US environmentalist Eric Meier said. “And it's bad for the environment.”

Despite larger investments in renewable energy infrastructure, Germany's emissions have not changed since 2009 according to a report by research and policy organisation Environmental Progress. The reason given is because the country has abandoned its nuclear power sources, forcing it to rely more heavilly on coal.

Germany: Munich activists protest against nuclear plant closures02:47
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Pro-nuclear activists rallied in the centre of Munich on Sunday, to demand a halt to nuclear plant closures.

Protesters blamed Germany for abandoning its 2020 climate goals and setting a path for the destruction of the Hambach forest, in order to mine for coal.

“We should shut down coal plants instead of nuclear plants. The government has just set the wrong priority. And the climate will pay the price," said rally organiser Amadeus Schermer.

“If Germany wants to be a manufacturer of some of the best cars in the world, they need the energy. So it either has to come from coal or from nuclear. And they chose coal,” US environmentalist Eric Meier said. “And it's bad for the environment.”

Despite larger investments in renewable energy infrastructure, Germany's emissions have not changed since 2009 according to a report by research and policy organisation Environmental Progress. The reason given is because the country has abandoned its nuclear power sources, forcing it to rely more heavilly on coal.

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