Topic: Costs, Risks, German Energy Policy, Nuclear Phase-Out
Ralf Schmidt-Pleschka, advisor of energy policy to the parliamentary group of the German Green Party, speaks about the costs associated with nuclear energy, particularly in comparison to fossil fuels and renewables. He discusses the risks associated with nuclear energy, with a focus on the tragedy at Fukushima. Mr. Schmidt-Pleschka offers unique insight into the politics of German nuclear electricity policy and the decision to phase-out nuclear energy.
Mr. Schmidt-Pleschka, as an advisor for energy policy to the parliamentary group of the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) serves behind the scenes to inform and advise politicians in questions of energy policy. Given his position, Mr. Schmidt-Pleschka is highly informed regarding the politics of the energy market and energy production, including of course, nuclear energy. Mr. Schmidt-Pleschka also is a member of the environmental organization Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) and serves as the editor of the organization's publication the Umweltzeichen.