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WNC #2

September 8th, 2010 by Gustav

Germany Extends Nuclear Plants’ Life, by Judy Dempsey

This story from the N.Y. Times deals with the decision of Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel to finally extend the program of nuclear energy for all 17 nuclear plants there is. Payment for the whole plan shall come from a newly imposed tax on utilities’ companies, mainly the 4 biggest energy producers in Germany. Merkel might face problems implementing her plan because she lacks majority representation in the parliament’s upper house.

I like this artcile a lot, and that is not only because I don’t have to click a “next page” button. The author organized her story well with presenting the most important facts in the first 3 paragraphs (including the lead, which is fairly short and sums up the story). One could basically stop reading there and get out with relevant information. The author then proceeds to include statistics and quotes from experts or respectively opponents of Merkel’s plan. The paragraphs are not building up on another, but they don’t have to. They are precise and usually contain one certain idea or information the author wants to present but not expand on. They way it is written is very formal and contains practically no subjective comments. No big words people need to dig for in their dictionaries; concise language which leads the reader to develop thoughts on related topics. A nice mixture of environmental policies, economy (taxation), political processes, and opinions to back it up.

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  1.   fuglsang said,

    on September 10th, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Good discussion, Gustav. This is a good “timely” and “current” story because it ties into global warming and other environmental issues. The reason this is news in a US paper is because we face many of the same issues: do we go nuclear, with all the dangers that presents, or do we stick with coal plants that pollute the air and lead to greenhouse gases. That’s why I like the focus in this story of nuclear as a “bridge” to whatever technology comes next.

    Good piece.

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