This article was published in the German newspaper “Neue Westfälische Zeitung” on July 23, 2011.
BY DANA HEIDNER-KRUEGER AND REINHARD KARGL
After the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, people in the States were shocked deeply, while in Germany, hundred thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate against nuclear energy. While the German government gave the green light for a nuclear phase-out by 2022, some people here in Hollywood had the chills when they thought about how close the local atomic plant (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) is to L.A. However, nobody would have thought about going to the streets to demonstrate.
The only explanation as to why the American anti-nuclear movement has fallen asleep seems far-fetched: after a time of deep involvement in the Seventies and Eighties, it is possible that there was no longer an actual cause, since there were no new applications made for the construction of new power plants. It is a fact that the last power plants commenced operations in the Nineties, the permits, however, were already issued in the Seventies.
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