Several days ago, Germany announced that it will close all of its nuclear power plants by the year 2022. This was a massive reversal considering Chancellor Merkel had recently agreed to extend the lives of several nuclear plants. But after the Japanese earthquake and nuclear disaster the German Green Party won some critical state elections and rose up to stop the continued use of nuclear power in Germany. Read this timeline to see how the use of nuclear power has developed and met its demise in Germany. Sales projections have been released which say that the top three nuclear operators in Germany will lose approximately 3.5 billion Euros a year in lost sales charges. This assumes that these energy providers will do nothing to expand and diversify their generation ability, which is largely unrealistic. Since Germany intends to replace its nuclear generation with renewable or clean energy sources, these companies will recoup some, if not all, of their lost sales revenue. What makes this all significant however is the fact that one of the richest industrial nations in the world is leading the way in the deployment and development of clean energy generation, as well as energy efficiency. Maybe someday soon, the people of the United States will come out of their tornado shelters and realize that they have a responsibility toward this planet as well. We can only hope.