This is a bold step indeed, and impressive due to the speed with which it was handled. Aside from the nuclear debate, you have to admire the precedent it sets for decision making, particularly among global conglomerates.
Thanks for hte comment - I thnk Siemens is taking the 'long view' and betting that public opinion will continue to mount against nuclear - at least in the West. The Fuk disaster shows clearly the social cost and the risks involved. Whether public opinion against nuclear will be strong enough to stop or slow India's plans to build nuclear power plants is another question. With an accute shortage of power and the growth of the economy, is there an alternative?
By taking this decision Siemens has aligned itself with the German Goverment's policy of shutting down all the nuclear power plants in the next 10 years.
There has been a great awakening among common people about the pssoble disasters associated with Nuclear power plants. With so much of the safeguards built in into the nuclear power reactor design - the danger of radiation leaks and their harmful effects still looms large - the Fukushima incident has highlighted this risk.
With so many alternate energy generation options available now ( This was not the case may be 20 years back ) why should one play with a potentailly dangerous thing as nuclear energy.
May be the coglomerate such as Siemens has seen this long term doomsday for Nuclear power and acted to safeguard its business.
Here in India where there is an acute shortage of generation capacity, the public opinion is still strongly against the upcoming nuclear power plants.
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