they need to find a nice uninhabited planet to do it on
Don't worry, they're working on the 'uninhabited' part.
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Anyway, why isn't Germany replacing all those old coal powerplants with oh-so-good renewables? WHY?
As for Chernobyl, I worked on decommissioning the other nuclear reactors there.
And as for renewable folks - let them show that they can build something that can work just as well as the current power distribution network. Right now that green cretins go and cry for government handouts constantly.
Situation with France is particularly funny - France exports quite a lot of power to Switzerland but it flows through the German grid, greatly improving grid stability along the flow paths. And we're talking about quite a lot of power, more than 4% of Germany's usage. Oh, and Germany right now mostly exports the green power surplus to Netherlands and other countries.
So you can say whatever you want about green energy and smart grids, but everyone in the actual power production industry knows that it's a complete load of bullshit. Current grids can't work without a reliable baseload. And bullshit about "only to replace old coal powerplants" is only suitable for Greenpeace (it's well known that brain amputation is required to join them). Most of the new powerplants have been approved AFTER the nuclear pullout plans. And only _3_ coal powerplants are being dismantled completely, lots of others are going to be "retrofitted".
And finally, energy intensive industries in Germany are most definitely NOT exempt from rising prices. And it already affects the industry: http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/merkel-s-switch-to-renewables-rising-energy-prices-endanger-german-industry-a-816669.html