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World increasingly supports nuclear March 12, 2009

Posted by cleanidahoenergy in approval process, balanced approach, Chinese nuclear energy, Energy policy, environmentalists, nuclear Europe.
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Due to the rigorous approval process, the United States lags in its implementation of building nuclear power plants. However, countries worldwide are preparing for the next generation of nuclear power, spurred by concerns about global warming and the need to remain economically competitive.

Environmentalists, too, are increasingly supporting nuclear. Recently, three prominent Greenpeace officials announced their support for nuclear, joining Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore. Unfortunately, Greenpeace is preparing to excommunicate these representatives, showing the limits of open-mindedness and tolerance.

Countries such as Germany, Great Britain and Italy, which had planned to decommission their reactors, are now moving forward on plans for their own Saudi Arabia, China, South Korea and other technically advanced nations are planning to build nuclear plants because they see the importance ofalways-on, carbon-free, safe and affordable base load power, and nuclear is the only source that can deliver. Given that the annual spent fuel from atypical nuclear plant can fit under a desk, it’s a very low-waste way of generating energy.

Signaling an increasing preference for nuclear energy in Europe, the European Parliament has voted to approve a nenergy report that favors nuclear power as a tool for meeting greenhouse gas emission targets. The report recommends a “specific road map for nuclear investments” and rejected an amendment that favored phasing out nuclear energy in the EU.

Nuclear-generated electricity from 146 reactors made upabout 37% of the EU’s total in 2008 – all of it carbon free. The EU Parliament also stressed that nuclear energy is to be used “at the highest technologically possible level of safety.” Other recommendations made in thereport are mandatory emergency action plans in case of gas supply shortages.

According to a 2006 poll by Eurobarometer, 48 percent of EU citizens would like to maintain or increase level of nuclear power, while 39 percent would prefer to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the overall energy mix.