A recent study finds that it is possible to completely replace fossil fuels within a decade if we could scale and duplicate the efforts in France and Sweden. The data gathered goes back over 30 years and is robust in nature. Sweden had the fastest growth in nuclear energy per capita but that pace of growth would likely be a stretch for an achievable goal for the rest of the world.
More importantly, after the early 1970s rollout of nuclear power in these two countries, their CO2 emissions fell dramatically, energy costs were reduced, and the cost of generating energy dropped. Why no nuclear power option?
Many will point at the potential for disasters…the problem being, we’ve become better and safer over the years. France has had 5 incidents since 2000 whose cost was $50,000 or more. None resulted in fatalities or serious radiation leaks. Four of the five were rated as level 1 INES events (“anomaly” event on the scale – Fukushima and Cherynobyl were 7’s on the scale). There has been one 6 (Russia in 1957), a few 5’s – none more recent than 1987. These include Three Mile Island.
If this country, or a broader coalition of countries, took on this problem and really worked, this would be a solvable problem.
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