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50 years ago, West Germany embraced nuclear power

Excerpt from the September 16, 1967 issue of Science News

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7:00am, September 7, 2017
nuclear power plant in Stade, Germany

NUCLEAR OPTION  This nuclear power plant in Stade, Germany, was one of two approved in 1967. It closed in 2005.

Nuclear power go-ahead

West German power companies have decided to go ahead with two nuclear power station projects…. Compared with the U.S. and Britain, Germany has been relatively backward in the application of nuclear energy…. The slow German start is only partly the result of restrictions placed upon German nuclear research after the war. — Science News, September 16, 1967

 

Update

Both East and West Germany embraced nuclear power until antinuclear protests in the 1970s gathered steam. In 1998, the unified German government began a nuclear phaseout, which Chancellor Angela Merkel halted in 2009. The 2011

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