Opposition to nuclear power determines German state elections

The situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is still unclear, but definitely bad.

Meanwhile, the opposition against nuclear power became a determining factor in the regional elections in the German states of Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz on Sunday. The Green Party, which has its roots in the anti-nuclear protest movement of the 1970s and early 1980s, was the big winner in both states. Baden-Württemberg, reliably conservative for sixty years, will now become the first German state to have a Green prime minister. Even a year ago, this would have been unimaginable.

The New York Times has a pretty good analysis of the weekend’s state elections, written by the evocatively named Jack Ewing. A journalist named like a character on Dallas writing about the Greens winning a German state election, that’s almost too weird to contemplate.

Meanwhile, the Japanese are also becoming aware of the dangers of nuclear power. This weekend also saw a couple of hundred people taking part in a protest march against nuclear power in Japan. And isn’t it telling that the only English language sources I found for that story are a Bangladeshi news site and an alternative news site from Australia.

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