We, the Voices of Nuclear, are a collective of citizens who support generating electricity with nuclear power because of the major ecological, economic and societal benefits associated with it, through the promotion of facts.
It is a difficult exercise. We know nuclear energy is controversial.
We undertake it out of a sense of responsibility, towards the planet as well as towards present and future generations who are faced with a double threat: restriction of access to energy, even though sufficient energy is indispensable to human well‐being; and climate change, the effects of which are already having a severe impact on our civilization and its stability.
Nuclear energy, emitting very low quantities of greenhouse gas, is an essential part of the solution to climate change and the transition to a sustainable society. As such it would be unfair to deny it to future generations due to fears whose foundations do not withstand scrutiny. The myths created and maintained around nuclear energy still prevent too much of mankind from resorting to it.
We join the many citizen movements that are currently mobilizing to change rules and mentalities in the name of the scientists’ climate alert. We insist that the terms of this alert should not be censored and that the scientists’ words should be heard by all, whether or not they correspond to one’s personal beliefs.
It is necessary, and legitimate, that close attention be paid to all technologies and to the consequences of their industrial implementation. But this attention must be based on the facts if we want to avoid making mistakes about where the real threats lie.
The a priori rejection of nuclear energy is unfounded. It is particularly damaging for three reasons:
It prevents the full deployment of nuclear energy, where it is relevant, to the benefit of public good ‐ whereas the IPCC stresses the need to increase the global nuclear fleet to fight climate change and the United Nations recalls the vital importance of improving access to energy for one‐third of the world’s population.
It diverts considerable public and private resources, as well as the efforts people individually shoulder, from areas where they would immediately result in effective decarbonization. France has already spent more than 150 billion euros, supposedly to decarbonize an electricity sector that is already low‐carbon, while knowingly neglecting all other sectors. This a priori rejection also embarrasses decision‐makers who, despite the known facts and need for urgent action, cannot find it in themselves to disavow the positions against nuclear power they so loudly voiced.
It opens the door to organizations that nurture mistrust of science and deny or ignore the facts.
Adopting the errors of ideology, they end up going against the goals of environmental protection, social justice and progress that they often claim to achieve.
We share here some little‐known realities, representative of the misunderstanding that surrounds
nuclear energy. We call on those who want scientific reality and the preeminence of facts to be recognized to join us in restoring them, so that citizens can debate, and decide, with a clear understanding of their options.
10 little-known realities
about the use of nuclear energy to produce electricity
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