Coal or nuclear? Greta Thunberg has decided

The Swedish activist gave an interview to German television. He talked about Germany’s decision to turn to coal to deal with the energy crisis.


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LIn an interview published on Tuesday, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg believes it would be better to continue using the currently operating nuclear power plants in Germany than to replace them with coal.


“If they (nuclear plants) are in operation, I think it would be wrong to stop them and switch to coal,” one of the world’s most famous climate activists said in an interview with the ARD television channel. It will air on Wednesday. Betting on coal is a “bad idea,” he said, according to excerpts of the interview posted on Twitter.

Greta Thunberg’s statements come in a tense environment where the ruling coalition of social democrats, greens and liberals are torn over solutions to tackle the unprecedented energy crisis. Initially, Germany, with much of its population anti-nuclear, intended to close its last three nuclear reactors in operation by the end of 2022.

But Olaf Scholz’s government recently reconsidered this decision and decided to extend two of the three power plants operating until spring 2023. The Liberals go even further and want to keep the three power plants, like the one underlined, in operation for a long time. German Finance Minister Christian Lindner immediately took to Twitter to cheer Greta Thunberg’s statements. “I welcome the encouragement of the founder of the Friday movement for a future for the Liberals’ position to keep our nuclear power plants operating,” he said.

Although the German government aims to phase out this energy by 2030, it has decided to extend the operation of several coal-fired power plants until the spring of 2024.


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