Sweden is lifting her ban against nuclear power to help fight “climate change”
“I’m doing this for the sake of my children and grandchildren,” said Center party leader, Maud Olofsson. “I can live with the fact that nuclear power will be part of our electricity supply system in the foreseeable future.”
This follows a series of public opinion polls indicating a change in sentiment as the country becomes increasingly dependent on energy imports from Norway and climate change has become a matter of increasing concern.
Sweden’s 10 nuclear reactors at three plants â€“ Oskarshamn, Ringhals and Forsmark â€“ supply roughly half of the country’s electricity, while two other reactors at the Barseback site have been closed over the past decade. The country has been at the forefront of efforts to find ways of burying the highly toxic waste produced during the nuclear cycle.
The current generation of nuclear generating plants around the world came into operation between 1972 and 1985 but the industry fell into disrepute with the public following the Three Mile Island accident and the image of nuclear was further tarnished when there was a meltdown at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine seven years later.
But since then there have been no scares and climate change has risen up the global agenda. Nuclear power emits virtually no carbon although critics claim significant amounts of CO2 are released if one takes into account the mining of uranium and other aspects of any full-lifecycle programme.
In Europe, at least, “global warming” is a useful lie.
Russia’s Nord Stream may be quashed out of “environmental” concerns, as well.