Scholz rules out delaying nuclear phase-out to counter energy crisis

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In the eyes of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, it’s not an option to extend the running time of the country’s nuclear power plants to counterbalance potential energy supply shortages due to Russian delivery cuts. “The experts tell us: That’s not going to work,” Scholz said in an interview with the M√ľnchner Merkur newspaper, seen by dpa ahead of publication on Monday. Germany’s nuclear phase-out was decided long ago, the chancellor said. Fuel elements and the necessary maintenance intervals of the plants had been precisely coordinated according to this plan, Scholz said, with fuel rods scheduled…

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