Germany decides to abandon nuclear power by 2022

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adresses the media about the future of nuclear power in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 30, 2011. Germany's coalition government agreed early Monday to shut down all the country's nuclear power plants by 2022, the environment minister said, making it the first major industrialized nation to announce plans to go nuclear-free. The country has 17 reactors total. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

May 30, 2011 12:19:59 PM PDT
Europe's economic powerhouse, Germany, announced plans Monday to abandon nuclear energy over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources.