The BBC has reported that the German engineering company Siemens is withdrawing from the nuclear-power industry.
This comes after German chancellor Angela Merkel announced earlier this year that her country will phase out all nuclear reactors by 2022.
Merkel, unlike most world leaders, is a scientist, having obtained a PhD after writing a thesis on quantum chemistry.
Siemens built all 17 of Germany's nuclear-power plants, according to the BBC story. It cited the Fukushima nuclear-power disaster in March as the major impetus behind the decision. It will also pull out of a joint venture with a Russian nuclear company.
It's becoming increasingly clear that the Fukushima nuclear crisis is as bad if not worse than the Chernobyl reactor explosion in 1986 near Kiev, Ukraine. This is apparent from a recent news story by former Vancouver reporter Steve Chao, who's now working for Al Jazeera.
Steve Chao reports on the extent of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Meanwhile, Canada has shown no indication that will discourage the proliferation of nuclear power.
The federal government recently sold the commercial operations of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. to Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin for $15 million.
Then the SNC-Lavalin subsidiary, Candu Energy Inc., and the Crown-owned Atomic Energy of Canadareached a $440-million deal with Argentina's nuclear-power plant to refurbish a Candu reactor there.
"We look forward to expanding our cooperation with the Argentinian nuclear industry, not only for this refurbishment project but for future nuclear projects in Argentina, elsewhere in South America and in the global market,” SNC-Lavalin executive vice-president Patrick Lamarre declared in a news release.
In an unrelated development, the RCMP raided SNC-Lavalin's office in Oakville, Ontario earlier this month. This was in connection with an investigation into alleged corruption on a World Bank–funded bridge project in Bangladesh.
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