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If you believe that nuclear stands up to the requirements for safety, negligible CO2 emissions and concentrated energy production that we need to power the world while saving our climate, you are not alone. During the month of September 2020, activists will be holding Stand Up for Nuclear events in over 40 cities around the world.
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Business as Usual will bring the world’s average temperature warming to 4.1°C by 2100. What combination of policies might best prevent disaster?
The En-ROADS Climate Change Solutions Simulator is a handy, powerful tool for evaluating policy decisions.
Since 1971, the World Economic Forum -politicians, business leaders, academics, journalists and representatives of civil society - has met annually at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. This year, Greta Thunburg and Prince Charles were among the attendees.
Charles: “Just think for a moment, what good is all the extra wealth in the world gained from business as usual if you can do nothing with it except watch it burn in catastrophic conditions.”
Greta: “I’ve been warned that telling people to panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing to do. But don’t worry. It’s fine. Trust me. I’ve done this before. And I can assure you: It doesn’t lead to anything.”
On February 22 2020, Reactor N° 1 at the nuclear power plant in Fessenheim, eastern France, was closed down after 42 years of reliable service. Reactor N° 2 is scheduled to be closed on 30 June. The closures reflect the French government’s decision to reduce the nuclear factor in electricity generation from 71% at present down to 50% by 2035.
This decision is not based on any technical consideration, nor on issues of safety or economics. It is a political decision reflecting, and further encouraging, an ideology based on ignorance and misplaced fear.
Ironically, the energy shortfall will be compensated by postponing the scheduled shutdown of the coal fired plant at Cordemais until 2026. France will be unable to meet its CO2 emissions reduction goals. The security of electricity supply in France and Europe will be endangered. Read more here and here.
The Voices of Nuclear reports on the closure.
Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy has filed a lawsuit against the French government.
See our blog post, A Baseless Decision and a Sad Day.