1. Our petition seeks to improve the success of the Energiewende, so we changed the title and additional text to reflect that.
2. Over the last few decades, considerable practical and scholarly evidence has emerged that the more renewables you install on a grid, the more difficult and expensive it becomes to "firm" that intermittent energy. This causes ratepayer prices to rise and, if you are firming with coal or gas, it can add emissions back. Germany and California are two cases in point. However, when you deploy sources of firm, clean power, which includes hydro, nuclear or geothermal, together with solar and wind, you will have both clean and firm power and can get to a 100% carbon-free grid without increasing dependence on fossil fuels. We added more text to clarify that because, in practical terms, that should be the goal of the Energiewende, but isn't yet.
3. Upon request, we have supplemented our text descriptions with footnoted references, to show evidence of our claim
Suspend the Energiewende! Allow clean nuclear, hydro, wind and solar to end use of fossil fuels!
New petition description:
Nuclear energy is safe, clean and
carbon-free and German nuclear power is the best there is. Closing nuclear power plants that have already been paid for, only to increase energy production from coal and gas, is the height of irrationality. It is time to rethink the Energiewende. We need immediate carbon reduction by all means possible—which includes nuclear power—not growth of renewables at the expense of the environment and regardless of emissions. Nuclear energy enables decarbonization today along with the energy security needed to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine. Any increase in use of fossil fuels is criminal, when we have it within our means to avoid those emissions.
It is time for a resetting of anachronistic antinuclear policies and prejudices. Polls show that 80% of Germans support using nuclear power to increase clean energy production, reduce energy insecurity and succeed in achieving global decarbonization goals. Even Japan is pursuing a pathway back to nuclear. The Green Party especially but the Bundestag and all elected politicians must wake up to the political, economic, technical and climate reality that we need nuclear to partner with wind and solar to firm power grids and eliminate continued dependence upon coal and gas. We demand that we reverse the antinuclear policy of Energiewende be reversed and allow all carbon-free energy technologies—including nuclear—to be used to help power a 100% carbon-free energy economy as soon as possible to avoid energy insecurity, price volatility and decades more delay with growing fossil fuel CO2 emissions.
Signatures at the time of the change: 26