ESSEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 08: People walk past the headquarters of E.ON Ruhrgas, the natural gas subsidiary of E.ON, Germany's largest power company, on August 8, 2011 in Essen, Germany. The company ... more 
ESSEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 08: People walk past the headquarters of E.ON Ruhrgas, the natural gas subsidiary of E.ON, Germany's largest power company, on August 8, 2011 in Essen, Germany. The company recently announced it will close the recently-completed Essen facility as part of a worldwide reduction of 10,000 jobs due to a loss of revenue stemming from the decision of the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to phase out nuclear energy as well as the company¬ís difficulties in the natural gas market. Germany has 17 nuclear power reactors, eight of which are operated by E.ON, that are scheduled to be phased out of operation by 2022. (Photo by Mathis Wienand/Getty Images) less 
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