Pictures aside, one quote stuck out in particular: "'My friends were surprised that there are people who have worked at the plants for 20 or years and that they’re alive and happy,' Danner says."
Immediately I wondered if there were people who pictured working at a nuclear power plant akin to working in a sweatshop, except handling toxic chemicals and not the latest sneaker or smartphone.
Hundreds of nuclear power plants operate safely and effectively, without incident, every day all over the world. Major events like Fukushima have put contamination concerns back on the map. People tend to forget that it takes a large amount of seismic activity to disrupt preventative measures carefully put in place. They are by no means perfect. Older nuclear plants can pose some risk. Additional safety precautions on aging plants can be expensive and controversial.
Germany's plan to close all nuclear power plants by 2022 is ambitious as decommissioning takes quite a bit of work and time. Nevertheless, they are an innovative and insightful people and I'll be excited to see how they replace all that lost power.
Check out Schiller's article and Danner's pictures here.