In a recent interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper, Steven Chu, former US Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize winner in physics, criticized Germany’s energy policy and the Greens. Chu accused Germany of having the wrong energy policy and was particularly harsh on the Greens, stating that a lot of false information comes from them and their stance is not compatible with “our future reality.”
Chu advised building new nuclear power plants and emphasized that Germany must consider if they want a prosperous economy and to maintain jobs and prosperity while also achieving their climate goals or if they just want to achieve their climate goals. He stressed that Germany’s chemical and petrochemical industry requires stable power that cannot be easily turned on and off, and that high energy costs could lead to an exodus of heavy industry from Germany, impacting the German economy significantly.
Chu is a professor at Stanford University and was the US Minister of Energy from 2009 to 2013 under Barack Obama. He stressed the need for inexpensive electricity for industries that require it around the clock. Chu concluded that those who oppose nuclear power and coal and advocate for relying solely on renewable energies do not understand the needs of industries that rely on stable power sources.
In conclusion, Chu’s criticism highlights the importance of considering all aspects of energy policy when making decisions about how to achieve our climate goals. The debate about nuclear power versus renewable energies is complex, but ultimately it is up to each country to determine what works best for their economy and environment.