[Machine Translation] Replace the fossil with fissile, is it really so easy? A small calculation will allow to quickly give the answer. This is the rule of 3 x 10: 10 years of work before the commissioning of a nuclear reactor, $ 10 billion per unit of production of 1000 MWe, 10% of electricity production is nuclear in the world. 10 years of work: the construction and authorization file, the preparation of the site, the civil works, the installation itself, the tests. 10 billion, without the costs of decommissioning (estimated at half of this amount) and waste management. 10% of the world’s electricity, which itself represents 20% of the global energy mix, so it’s … 2%. The fossil represents about 75% of this mix, the balance being biomass (wood …). These 2% are insured today by some 450 reactors. To even double this share, from 2% to about 5% (assuming a stabilization of consumption, which is unfortunately far from being achieved), it would take 10 years, spend 4500 billion … for an effect condemned to remain very limited. Unless … as some pronuclearaires do not hesitate to claim it, we accelerate the pace. Thus, the German newspaper Die Welt, published on February 27th, stated that 115 reactors a year should be built in the world! The strategy of developing decentralized renewable energies, geothermal, wind, solar, hydraulic, biomass combined with a real desire to achieve an economical use of energy is infinitely more realistic. It is clearly better in terms of efficiency in terms of output, commitment of resources and resilience of the energy system, including in terms of diversified and local jobs.
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