For the recognition of nuclear power in the energy transition
Nuclear power is the lowest-carbon energy source in France. Thanks to nuclear, our electricity is over 90% clean, and safe, all the time. But this message is missing from the media space.
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- The current level of greenhouse gas emissions puts us on a path of anthropogenic global warming from +4°C up to +6°C at the end of century.
- More than 80% of the world's energy still comes from coal, oil and gas, whose resources will quickly reach their limits, and from unsustainable biomass.
- All low-carbon energy sources are necessary to move away from fossil-fuels while guaranteeing as many people as possible fair and non-precarious access to energy.
- This need comes in a world where the demand for natural resources and ecosystems will increase even further, therefore becoming even more precious.
- Nuclear power presents major objective advantages in the face of this combination of challenges.
- However, it is the subject of particularly systematic and sustained disinformation which has induced and entrenched significant mistrust on the part of the population.
- The re-establishment of the facts and the correct information of the general public are essential conditions for the vitality of our democracy.
- Nuclear power must regain its rightful place in the debate, on a peaceful and factual basis, so that citizens are able to make the free and deliberate choices on their common future.
The nuclear is
- a low-carbon energy source
- which does not pollute the ambient air,
- has the least impact in terms of occupied space and natural resources consumed,
- saves lives, by having the lowest human balance in relation to the energy produced,
- has the capacity to decarbonise electricity but also heat production, and thermal combustion through the production of hydrogen and synthetic fuels,
- is an instrument of energy solidarity,
- a vector of skilled, non-relocatable jobs, scientific research and innovation,
- an indispensable tool in space exploration,
- an invaluable tool for medicine,
- a water and food security tool.
As a result of over-excited media reporting … that single word [Fukushima] has probably condemned nuclear power for another generation, when in fact the accident produced no radiation-related deaths
The attitude towards energy is more a matter of posture and followingism than of a real culture which requires making the effort to look into the problem. In this sense, I am in favor of continuing research into nuclear energy
In many developing countries millions of lives remain below the poverty line and we have to think about these people ... It is not fair to look at nuclear power on one side when making a decision.
The mindset that you cannot be pro-environment and pro-nuclear at the same time needs challenging. The more research I read, the more I learned about how nuclear power is an essential tool in the battle to address climate change.
In France, there is an anti-nuclear litany that forbids thinking... Nuclear power has an advantage, which is that it produces extremely little greenhouse gases. (...) Electricity makes it possible to make the link between building, mobility and carbon-free production
[For energy] to be cleaner and have more efficiency, I do not believe that in [nuclear] it is necessary to make an enemy.
We have to phase out carbon emissions at a rate of several percent a year. I don't see any way we can do that without the help of nuclear power. Nuclear power is essentially carbon-free energy.
We need to rely more obviously on solar and wind; those are givens today. But Given this challenge we face today and given the progress of fourth general nuclear, go for it. No other alternatives. Zero emissions.
My goal is for our civilization to move beyond fossil fuels. And if nuclear is this incredibly powerful tool that we have in our fight against climate change, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be using it, or at least having it be a part of the conversation.
The Voices of Nuclear is a citizen association of volunteers, independent of any economic, institutional, union or political ties.
Our goal is to contribute to:
- the recognition of nuclear energy as essential to the low carbon energy transition.
- to the reestablishment of the facts concerning this scientific and industrial sector.
- highlighting the contribution of the nuclear industry to the human and environmental challenges facing our societies, individually and collectively.
Composed of several hundred members and volunteers from all over France and other European countries, experts in the field as well as ordinary citizens, our association sets up multiple projects such as Stand Up for Nuclear, informational and awareness-raising campaigns and many other projects that you can discover on our website.
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