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After nuclear phase-out, Germany mulls coal exit

The coal boom in Germany is, in part, an echo of the US shale gas bonanza. Cheap natural gas in America means coal is being exported to Europe. Coal is the country's biggest energy source but also its top polluter.


AFTER deciding to scrap nuclear power, Germany is pondering saying goodbye to coal, its biggest energy source but also its top polluter and main threat to ambitious climate goals.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is split on the issue, which pits a vocal environmental