German Ambassador Firmly Against Bulgaria Nuclear Re-Boot
"Bulgaria has committed itself to shutting down units 3 and 4 of Kozloduy nuclear power plant when it joined the European Union in 2007 and the country is expected to honour this commitment." Geier fumed.
Geier went on to say that he understood Bulgaria's problems with its energy dependency on Russian deliveries and said that he did not question the country's commitment to nuclear energy, rather its desire to restart Kozloduy's two old units.
The country should put more emphasis on alternative energy sources, such as solar or wind power, for which it was geographically well-placed, Geier said at the opening of the WDP/Balkan international exhibition of windows, doors and building units at Sofia's Inter Expo Centre.
It was the second statement by the ambassador of an EU member state in Sofia in less than a week on Bulgaria's attempt to restart the two units. On January 28, French ambassador, Etienne de Poncins, said that the restart of the two units was very unlikely to happen, because Bulgaria would need the approval of each of the other 26 EU members for this move.
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"But why not create jobs with green energy?"
Developed countries got rich using not too "green" but cheap and effective sources of energy. Now that they are developed and rich, they can afford to become "green". Developed countries are now trying to deny these cheap and effective forms of energy to poor and developing countries because they are not "green"? Most developing, poor countries can't afford "green". If you want that, go back to Germany.
You are thinking like Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank, the US liberals.
Of course, Bulgaria needs infrastructure, energy and jobs. I would be the last one who would deny this.
But why not create jobs with green energy? Why only with technology from yesterday with so much risk to the environment and no solution for the waste problem?
And btw, energy wouldn't become more cheaper.
It's rather naive to assume that any of the electricity export revenues actually end up paying for public services!
It is surely spent on something, rather as apparently millions of Bulgarian taxpayer's money from the budget surplus was spent on unexplained expenditure shortly before Christmas. The opposition complained about it, that the government never accounted for what it was spending large sums on just a few days before the parliamentary recess. Apparently no answers were forthcoming.
"THEY KNOW WELL THE BULGARIAN SOUL LOVES THE RUSSIANS MORE than the
Talk about yourself! This Bulgarian LOVES the Germans and DESPISES the Russians. And most Bulgarians hate the Russians at least as much as they hate the Turkish. You are a peculiar exception.
OTTO von BISMARcK was also fat...I pass by at his denkmal with his even fatter
Of course Germans do not want that Bulgaria owns nuclear plants...
THEY KNOW WELL THE BULGARIAN SOUL LOVES THE RUSSIANS MORE than the
They are afraid one day may be BG will feel more close to Russia than to
Western Europe and who knows what will be produced in those nuclear plants!
"Therefore any extra generating capacity is just about electricity exports, creating profits for the still nationalized NEK. What happens to those profits?"
Where is the BG government to get the money to provide basic services? Since no one in Bulgaria wants to pay taxes, the government has to generate revenues by means other than taxation. If the police and the teachers and the pensioners and the farmers want more money, the government will have to sell electricity, and the more the better. Hell, they have to sell their arses to the EU to satisfy the demands of their constituents if they want to be re-elected.
Bulgaria already produces more electricity than it needs, without these nukes and without the gas! Therefore any extra generating capacity is just about electricity exports, creating profits for the still nationalised NEK. What happens to those profits?
Re-booting this nuke will not create any jobs, except maybe for crooked accountants who will salt away the millions in extra electricity export receipts to tax havens like Luxembourg, Barbados, etc. Then when this corrupt government falls, various ministers and officials of NEK, NPP will have "nest eggs" to spend on new cars, villas in South of France, etc.