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Member's debate: German nuclear exit

SNP MSP Rob Gibson told MSPs Scotland's renewable targets are 'entirely achievable' during a debate on Germany's nuclear exit plan, on 5 October 2011.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced earlier this year a "measured exit" from nuclear power in response to the crisis affecting four reactors in Japan with the intention that nuclear power plants will be offline by 2022.

Mr Gibson's motion stated that 100% renewables target could help reindustrialise parts of Scotland including renewable energy hubs in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross.

On the idea that getting rid of nuclear power will lead to more of a reliance on fossil fuels Mr Gibson said: "the German government thinks this is tosh and thankfully so does the Scottish government".

Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone said the only way we here in Scotland can afford to make the commitment that this government has made to renewable energy is because we have a neighbour who will buy energy from us and provide us with nuclear energy from the grid "when the wind doesn't blow".

Scottish Greens MSP Alison Johnstone said: "Germany has shown us the way" and said "Fukishumu should be taken as a warning against keeping these old crumbling plants going".

Energy, Enterprise, and Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing closed the debate saying Germany's plan throws a challenge to Scotland.

However, he said as well as the government's renewable targets Scotland must continue with conventinal energy as we "need it for the transition".


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