Learn about Germany's controversial decision to end its nuclear energy program, in this video excerpt from FRONTLINE: Nuclear Aftershocks. In the wake of the 2011 Fukishima nuclear disaster in Japan, Germany announced plans to shut down all of its nuclear power plants by 2022. Germany has decided to use coal as a source of replacement energy to maintain baseload electricity until renewable sources (such as wind and solar) become more competitive. An increased reliance on fossil fuels may have potentially serious environmental ramifications by contributing further to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
This media asset was excerpted from FRONTLINE: Nuclear Aftershocks.