France generates over 70% of its energy from nuclear, while Germany is on its way to have 100% of its nuclear fleet closed by the end of 2022, following Merkel’s plan to phase out nuclear. Which, as it’s been proven since she started on it, is one of the worst environmental & economic decisions Germany took in the last 50 years.
So, it’s no surprise that France and Germany disagree when it comes down to including nuclear in the EU taxonomy, which would label nuclear as “green”, which would make it eligible for investment under the upcoming laws for a carbon-neutral energy system in Europe.
Look, the best way to generate electricity is with a generator, by turning it. The best way to turn a generator is with steam. The best way to create steam is with nuclear fission. When I say “best”, I really mean it. Nuclear energy is a zero-carbon-emission source of energy, which, averaged over the +100 years of existence of the nuclear reactors, delivers that energy at a relatively low cost, and with very few deaths relative to other sources of energy.
Believe you me, Berlin knows that very well. Yet they are opposing nuclear & natural gas to get a part in the EU taxonomy.
In a recent interview Luehrmann said:
“We have to go in a different direction for climate & political reasons. That’s as an argument against gas & nuclear, because the uranium still has to come from somewhere.”
Oh okay. Coal just magically appears in your stockings then? Well, if you’ve been naughty that is.
“We know what the French position is on nuclear power and the French side knows very well what the German position is. So, we can say we agree to disagree on the issue and then turn to the issues where we want to move forward. From climate protection, to sustainable investments, to the issue of European strategic sovereignty.”
The list of energy sources that will lead us to a zero emissions future in Europe was supposed to be here by the end of 2021, yet we don’t have it yet, because of the stubbornness and denial of facts of a few of the member states, which, by the way, are in the minority. This can end up slowing down the plans, and costing more money than expected.
The funny thing, really, is that the list of energy sources we need to go to zero emissions by 2030 is right here:
#1: nuclear energy
Yet politicians across Europe have decided to ignore it and are selling impossible dreams to their voters, just to keep their warm seat in parliament for a few more years.
Personally, I would expect a majority of EU member states to back nuclear in the EU taxonomy, which would make it into law by 2023, and it will increase investments in the nuclear space, which is only right.
Germany’s Environment Minister Steffi Lemke previously said it would be “wrong” to include nuclear energy on the list, because “nuclear can lead to devastating environmental catastrophes”.
Clearly, Steffi has not done enough research before she spoke. Like Metallica once said: “sad, but true”.
I’ll be following this closely and reporting further on the madness.