Do not want imported nuclear power to make up for coal phase-out: German minister

Do not want imported nuclear power to make up for coal phase-out: German minister

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Do not want imported nuclear power to make up for coal phase-out: German minister

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier tries to calm and to address students and pupils who staged a potest as part of the "Fridays for Future", on Jan. 25 in front of the Economy Ministry in Berlin where the coal commission met with the minister. Banner behind reads "meet climate goals". The so-called "Kohlekommission" (coal commission), a governmental commission for growth, structural change and employment announced a roadmap for exiting coal as part of efforts to make Germany carbon-neutral by 2050. (Photo: AFP)

Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Jan. 28 said that he did not want Germany to compensate for a planned phase out of coal-fired power by 2038 by importing nuclear power from neighboring countries.

"We want energy security to be provided at all times," the minister told broadcaster ZDF, but added: "We do not want to import cheap nuclear power from other countries."

Germany's coal commission on Jan. 26 said the country should shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038 at the latest, proposing at least 40 billion euros ($45.7 billion) in aid to regions affected by the phase-out.

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