No other industrial nation is going to abandon nuclear power as fast as Germany. Isn’t this an exaggerated panic reaction? No, argues Ulrich Beck, a German sociologist and risk expert. It is not the product of German Angst. It’s the economy, stupid! In the long run, nuclear power will become more expensive, while renewable energy will become cheaper.
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This article was first published in German (FAZ, 7/14/2011: Der Irrtum der Raupe)
Ulrich Beck is a German sociologist and risk expert. Beck is a leading German sociologist, currently teaching at the University of Munich and the London School of Economics. His teaching concentrates on modernization theory, sociology of risk, transformation of work and social inequalities.