“No need for nuclear” as MSP urges more countries to follow Germany

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Investment in Scotland’s renewable sector will boost economic growth and substantially reduce our carbon emissions Parliament will be told in a member’s debate tonight.
 
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross SNP MSP Rob Gibson is to raise the decision by the German Government to pull out of nuclear energy and instead focus on clean energy for Germany.

Mr Gibson says doubters of clean renewables should look towards Germany and follow in the footsteps of their “world-changing thinking”.
 
In the debate Mr Gibson will say: “Germany has taken some bold, brave and important steps over the past year.  In a world where governments like the UK and France continue to cling to nuclear as a fait accompli, Germany is taking steps to build a cleaner and more sustainable energy market.
 
“These are steps from which we could all learn.  This is smart, creative and world-changing thinking and is the approach the SNP Government is championing in Scotland.
 
“Investment in our renewable potential will boost economic growth and substantially reduce our carbon emissions. With our ambitious but achievable target of meeting 100% of Scotland’s electricity demand from renewables by 2020, and international investment in Scotland’s growing renewable industry, there is simply no need for nuclear.”

Germany took the decision to phase out nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.  German industrial giant Siemens followed the Berlin government last month and announced they too were to ditch nuclear and concentrate on renewables.