This transition from biomass to coal was the first great energy transition – or the First Energiewende. This growth and dominance of petroleum was the second great energy transition – or the Second Energiewende. Although dangerous when used irresponsibly, nuclear energy seemed to hold a great promise—to revolutionize how humans used energy. Later in 1969, Germany’s first commercial nuclear power plant was built, and within a few decades, nuclear energy was contributing to nearly 20% of its electricity supply. By then, the protest had morphed: it was no longer just a protest against nuclear energy, but also against government high-handedness.
Source: Mint January 13, 2018 17:48 UTC