France’s Nuclear Failures

Publication - November 30, 2008
The great illusion of nuclear energy Today, the world is confronted with dangerous climate change that threatens the lives of millions of people and the ecological integrity of the entire planet. To avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change, we must at least halve our carbon emissions by 2050. The energy investment decisions taken today will determine whether we will achieve the necessary CO2 emission reductions in time.

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Executive summary: The nuclear industry, which has been in decline for several decades, has seized upon the climate crisis as a revival opportunity, aggressively promoting nuclear technology as a “low-carbon” means of generating electricity and thus an important part of our future energy mix. However, nuclear power forms an expensive and dangerous distraction from the real solutions to climate change - the necessary greenhouse gas reduction targets can only be met through using the proven alternatives of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.

Num. pages: 20