Germany faces energy balancing act via The Washington Post

A year after German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a surprise decision to speed her country’s phaseout of nuclear power, environmentalists who hailed her plan — a reversal of her previous positions — now worry that her center-right Christian Democrats are too quick to embrace dirtier alternatives.

Germany’s dilemma shows how difficult it is to balance competing environmental priorities, even with vast resources and popular support for the efforts, analysts say. With low-emission nuclear power falling into disfavor in many countries after Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, others may soon have to confront the same questions.

German leaders say that they are finding the right compromise between cost and environmental stewardship and that they will meet their 2020 goals.

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