Nuclear power has some really big problems, which is why many EU countries are shutting down their reactors — but the accelerating pace of climate change is prompting second thoughts. There is growing queasiness in parts of Europe over plans by France, Germany, Spain and Belgium to shut down 32 nuclear reactors, representing 31.9 GW of CO2-free electricity capacity, by 2035. It’s not that there’s a wave of enthusiasm for building new nuclear capacity in Western Europe — but the climate cost of shutting down plants instead of squeezing more years of operation out of them is increasingly acute. That’s highlighted by grim warnings from climate scientists about the dwindling amount of CO2 the world can afford to emit in the next decade.
Politico 2nd Sept 2021 read more »