FPL is spending ratepayer money by the hundreds of millions in pursuit of new nuclear power reactors at Turkey Point, while failing to address the groundwater contamination its existing units are causing, and stirring up a hornet's nest of controversy along the US 1 Corridor where it plans to lay new high voltage transmission lines to deliver power from its planned reactors to a rate base in South Florida that will be dealing with sea level rise in twenty years: meanwhile, Germany has just taken another course-- to phase out of nuclear power entirely by 2022.
Germany obtains about 25 percent of its electricity from nuclear, about the same percentage as the U.S. According to a statement by German chancellor Andrea Merkel, who is a PhD scientist, Germany's future will be in creating new jobs from a new energy economy. Why did Merkel reverse her previous support for nuclear? The Fukushima disaster gives new meaning to the expression, "unlimited liability". The FPL nuclear plants are a pipe dream, but so far dangling $20 billion in front of Florida politicians have them all seeing green. It is not the green of Germany's environmental movement.