In 2010, the german magazine "Der Spiegel" predicted there will be "Google Home View" in their comedy section - there is even a video (in german).
Yes, short term France will make a lot of money, unless there is a nuclear accident in France. Long term, Germany will be able to export more green tech.
The contaminated (evacuated) zone around Chernobyl is the size of Switzerland.
I live in Switzerland. Currently
Nuclear power is already relatively insignificant in Germany:
just 20 out of 160 thousand megawatts
Where did you get the "measured in minutes" from? Sure, it's not a good for multiple days, but it did bring Switzerland quite a surplus when trading electricity. There is a 1000 MW station in Switzerland.
Hehe Switzerland did the same with Beznau. And now they say the plant is not subject to the EU stress test because Switzerland is not part of the EU...
The current nuclear power plants are not built for an quake, not even a moderate one. One of then is seriously broken.
Actually hydroelectric plants are quite green, in many times they improve the landscape.
Every heard about Desertec?
It's not really a problem. There are already a few pumped-storage hydroelectric plants (many were blocked so far by 'too green' people; this is changing now). Switzerland has lots of mountains duh.
Well, a few gas turbines will be required as well, plus some wind turbines (there are very few so far). Both Italy and Austria don't have any nuclear power plants by the way, but they import electricity, something Switzerland will not do over a longer time.
> Unless you can point out some way in which the reactor operators in Japan were extraordinarily lucky
I just said it could have been worse. Or do you claim the hydrogen explosions were desired or controlled in any way? Actually it did get worse now.
> I don't think luck can really run that long.
You can, as there are only around 500 nuclear reactors worldwide.
> people are more afraid of radiation than they should be.
True. The land price issue is directly related to that. This is a psychological problem, something engineers can't "fix" or change.