I went for the obvious and literal „stop“ in photo #1.
For the blogtext, I've added some information about energy politics which I associate with the word "stop". It‘s a hot topic in Germany right now due in some part to a 16 year old girl.
The pillar of white in the background is not smoke but a cloud of steam from Reactor 2 of the nuclear power plant about 15 kilometers straight-line from Photo #1. Photo #2 is about 5 kilometers away and I took it yesterday to complete this blog.
In 2011, almost immediately following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Reactor 1 of the nuclear plant was shut down after 32 years and several "incidents". It was of the identical type as Fukushima. We were all relieved until we got "The Brochure".
When they shut down Reactor 1, they sent every household (like ours) a brochure about what to do in case of a major incident at the nuclear power plant.
There's something about seeing your town in the target-like zone-system (page 10) and reading about the possible impact which is sobering. When a nuclear plant has a melt-down, even if we survived, we would never return to our house or even to the region, our jobs would be gone because our employers would also be gone, we‘d lose everything. If the coal-burning plant the same distance away (in Mannheim) burns down, we wouldn‘t even be evacuated.
Reactor 2 has been on-line since 1984, which means it is already older today than it's brother who was sent into retirement at age 32. Current plans are to let it run until 2036 at which point it will be very elderly 52 years old. Twenty years older than the reactor which had to be shut down immediately, hmmm....
After the Chernobyl disaster, the Green political party and other concerned citizens protested nuclear power until in 1986 the German government decided to stop all nuclear power by the year 2022. They have since backed down from that committment.
Today, just two years before the deadline to stop all nuclear power in Germany, it has come back into favor since it produces less CO2. The current generation of Green politicians and power protestors calling themselves "Fridays for Future" who didn't live through the radioactive fall-out of the Chernobyl disaster in the 80’s here in Europe are sending a completely opposite message since nuclear power produces less CO2.
As a government, what are you going to do?
You cannot STOP anything.
So you put up some signs, send out some brochures and raise taxes on everything...