Green New Deals (GND) and Nuclear Power: should Nuclear Colonialism be permitted to continue? A major defining issue in proposed GNDs is whether or not they should include nuclear power. Thankfully, the EU Commission recently decided to exclude new nuclear power – see discussion at https://energytransition.org/2020/06/eu-recovery-plan-goes-green-and-excludes-nuclear/ But the arguments are probably not over yet in the corridors of power in the EU. Nuclear proponents consider that nuclear can make a significant contribution to tackling climate change. This ignores that nuclear electricity makes a small (~3%) contribution to world energy and this cannot be increased quickly. It also ignores many scientific reports that nuclear power plus all its fuel activities including uranium mining and nuclear wastes is not low-carbon, with an average ten-fold larger carbon footprint compared to the renewables.
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