A topic that comes back again and again is how nuclear can’t help get us to zero CO2 emissions as it is ‘too slow’. After all, Olkiluoto-3 only got into commercial production last month after the build was started in August 2005, and Vogtle 3 and 4 are in the final stages of starting up… Continue reading What is our plan for 2100?
The argument is well known: nuclear power causes pollution with nuclear waste for many millennia. Our children’s children may not even know how dangerous it all is, they say. Let’s tackle this argument once and for all: nuclear waste is not an actual problem. On the frontend Before discussing the waste itself, it makes sense… Continue reading Nuclear energy is clean
The argument is well-known: existing nuclear power stations are fine and help in the fight against global warming, but it takes too long before we build new ones. Let’s tackle this argument once and for all. If we want to, we can continue to mass-produce nuclear power plants continuously. The problem with sun and wind… Continue reading Nuclear energy is fast
The argument is well known: nuclear energy is ‘expensive’. People making this argument often point to the falling prices of wind farms or solar farms to demonstrate this. Let’s tackle this argument once and for all. Nuclear energy is dirt cheap, if we want to. Subsidies versus loans First off, we refer to this report… Continue reading Nuclear energy is cheap
Hinkley Point C will have two EPR reactors (Image: EDF) Building a lot of nuclear power plants in a short time can be done. France for example built 56 reactors in its Messmer plan in a time span of just 15 years. This has still been the world gold standard to adhere to, although the… Continue reading Let’s stop pretending nuclear industry is a national issue
Five years ago today: a 90 km human chain consisting of around 50.000 people from German Aachen, via Dutch Maastricht to Belgian Liege. The goal: to get the NPP in Tihange closed. At the time we heard lots of noises about ‘hairline cracks’ in one of the reactors of Tihange. We were lied to, made… Continue reading FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt: a lookback on the fifth anniversary of the human chain against Tihange
Today the ‘Democracy in Europe Movement 2025’ (DiEM25) launched a campaign against nuclear power titled ‘Don’t paint it green‘. This article is a response to the arguments DiEM25 raises against nuclear energy. It critiques the cliched and unscientific approach and its silence on the issues with ‘green’ alternatives. Last month, DiEM25 held a so called… Continue reading Nuclear is green
In this interview on The Irish People Podcast Gavin tackles the more popular objections raised against nuclear power.