Voices of Nuclear joined on the 29th of June 2020 a gathering in Paris in front of the Greenpeace France premises to commemorate 40 years of successful operation, for a climate-friendly electric supply, of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant and denounce its unjustified forced closure.
The NGO Voices of Nuclear and other representatives of civil society today join the spontaneous gathering in Paris in front of the Greenpeace France premises to :
- commemorate 40 years of successful operation, for a climate-friendly electric supply, of theFessenheim nuclear power plant (NPP),
- and denounce its unjustified forced closure.
On the 30th of June, the second reactor unit at Fessenheim will stop, leading the whole site of this pioneer among French NPPs to cease power operations.
This very low-carbon, non-polluting and economically profitable plant fell victim to a series of disastrous political decisions separated from its technical state and performance. Fessenheim 2 will join 15 other reactors shut down worldwide since the beginning of 2019 and 11 other ones scheduled to close by the end of 2022 (see map below).
In total, 26 sources of low-carbon power will have been shut down worldwide in 3 years, essentially under the pressure of “green” movements!
One of the prevailing reasons behind these shutdowns are the political interests of a minority, be it the need to win an electoral majority by juggling with political views or failing to establish a technologyneutral policy, penalising nuclear or depriving it of opportunities granted to other energy sources. The result is the increased presence of energy sources harmful for the climate or inefficient at protecting it, while nuclear is pushed out of the market. Today, environmental impact, and notably carbon footprint, of energy sources still has not been priced at a fair level nor does it get appropriate media and political recognition.
Almost half of the 15 reactors closed over the past year have been done so prematurely, decades before losing profitability or lowering safety levels. These premature closures are a serious threat to the energy security and low-carbon performance of the global economy, as well as now of the French economy with the shutdown of Fessenheim.
Voices of Nuclear asks that the facts be shared with everyone and that the decarbonization efforts of our society be established in respect of scientific facts and in the interest of the majority. We strongly oppose the destruction of well-functioning, abundant sources of electricity operating now and potentially for decades to come. Nuclear energy should be included in the energy debate and energy mix, supported with all honesty, and considered pragmatically in regard of its technical, and not emotive, advantages and disadvantages.
The shutdown of Fessenheim and other reactors around the world should be a loud wakeup call for politicians to stop sabotaging the decarbonization efforts of our societies and for citizens to call for prioritizing the fight against climate change.
Some pictures of the Monday 29th gathering at 19h in front of Greenpeace France premises (Paris):
All those pictures (and several others as well as some video pieces) are @Voix du Nucléaire and are available in original format on simple request.
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