Stop (272/365)

by Lee Santiva September. 29, 2019 245 views
When will it stop?

When will it stop?

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.

Cooling towers of the nuclear power plant. Reactor 2 on the left is still active

Cooling towers of the nuclear power plant. Reactor 2 on the left is still active

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.

Turbine from shut-down Reactor 1

Turbine from shut-down Reactor 1

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...


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Tsao T-F 1 year, 7 months ago

2036? I am sorry to hear that.fearful 
I still remember the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster after an earthquake in Japan in 2011. In Taiwan, however, the government that was controlled by the National Party / Kuomintang (KMT) at that time decided not only to keep all 3 nuclear power plants but also to build a new (4th) nuclear power plant. Many people could not accept that and I was one of protesters on streets year and year. After the election in 2016, the new government that was controlled by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) started the development of green power (solar energy, wind energy, etc) and hoped to stop all nuclear power by the year 2025.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Tsao T-F 1 year, 7 months ago

Thanks for commenting! very interesting to hear about the protests and power generating plans for Taiwan!! Indeed, in your case as well as in Europe, protestors can achieve a real change in energy policy. That is the good news. I hope that Taiwan can  carry through with their goal of 2025 and don't back down like our government did.

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Tsao T-F Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't like to be a protester at all. On weekends, I like to stay at home with my family or take some photos on my balcony. However, I know if we always keep silent and away from parades, we will loss more. The world will be better, if more people care about it. Hope I will get good news from you soon. I always have confidence in Germany, the leader of

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