The President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Inge Paulini, warned on Wednesday that they need to prepare for nuclear emergencies. The head of the country’s radiation protection office says that the Ukraine/Russia conflict could cause a wide range of nuclear catastrophes.
In an interview with Funke media group newspapers, Paulini pointed out that “radiation does not stop at the borders,” and claimed that the ongoing military conflict between Moscow and Kiev has “made it clear to the general public that we have to be and remain prepared for a wide variety of nuclear emergencies.”
Paulini also criticized Germany’s neighbors who have not phased out nuclear energy from their power grid. “On the contrary, many of our neighboring countries are planning new power plants,” she said, warning of the risks of accidents at these facilities, which could affect all of Europe.
Russia has repeatedly insisted that it does not intend to use atomic weapons in Ukraine and has referred to its nuclear doctrine which only allows the use of such munitions in a retaliatory fashion or in the case the country is faced with an existential threat from conventional warfare. -RT
Germany’s Green Party portion of its ruling class has been repeatedly pointing to the potentially catastrophic risks associated with producing nuclear energy. Becasue of that, in recent years the country has launched an initiative to wean itself off of nuclear energy. There are only three nuclear power plants still in operation in Germany, and those plants will extend operation into April of 2023 in light of the energy crisis crippling Europe.
The vice president of the Bundestag and FDP member Wolfgang Kubicki has blasted the government’s refusal to revise its overall approach to nuclear power plants and has warned of a potential default unless something more is done to address the energy crisis. “We don’t want gas and oil supplies from Russia anymore, at the same time our ‘green’ friends are restarting coal-fired power plants while preventing a reasonable extension of the life of nuclear power plants,” Kubicki said earlier this week.
This energy crisis could combine with a potential “nuclear emergency” to really cause a lot of harm to Europe. Are these warnings predictive? Or are they rational considering the circumstances? Either way, preparation for a lack of energy and for a “nuclear emergency” would be well warranted in these times.