14 October 2009 19:57 [Source: ICIS news]
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Merkel, in a speech at the union's congress in
She said the government would not undermine
As for Vassiliadis’s call for a clear and reliable energy programme to ensure affordable energy supplies for chemical and other industrial producers, Merkel said she believed in a mix of various energies, including renewables, coal and nuclear power.
It would not make sense, for example, to close all nuclear power plants in
German industry observers said that talk within the new government to extend the operational life of the country’s nuclear power plants could threaten future investments by Evonik Industries and others in new clean coal power plants.
An earlier government under former Chancellor Gerhard Schroder between the Social Democrats and the Greens had moved to phasing out nuclear power by around 2020, but that decision remains controversial.
Merkel took over as chancellor in 2005, initially in a coalition with the Social Democrats. Now, following last month’s federal election, she is committed to a coalition government with the Free Democrats.
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