Nuclear power will not be enough to save the climate. For climate experts, nuclear power is a possible answer, but especially a partial response with collateral damage. “To meet the challenge of energy and climate, in the context of a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear power can play a role in France, and probably in Europe and around the world, because it has a completely carbon-free production. ” The declaration does not emanate from the President of EDF, but the minister of ecology and solidarity transition François de Rugy, yet skeptical longtime vis-à-vis nuclear energy, speaking before representatives of the sector Monday, January 28th. These statements reflect a reality: the climate emergency is changing the face of the debate over the atom. It is with regard to the climate, and no longer just the risks associated with the energy of fission, that the question of the place of nuclear power in the production of energy arises today. The latter, his supporters argue, does not generate – or very little – CO 2 , which makes it essential to stem global warming.
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