What about the atomic option? France relies on nuclear energy

Issued on: 11/11/2021 – 8:12 PM

A rapidly warming planet means humankind needs to get away from fossil fuels much faster. On the home stretch of the COP26 climate summit, the delegates in Glasgow are trying to push through the energy transition as quickly as possible. Governments wonder what energy mix for a climate emergency?

Step inside the French President who, in his speech to the nation on Tuesday, trumpeted plans for the first construction of new nuclear power plants in decades. Why is Emmanuel Macron running for re-election this spring and giving full throttle to nuclear energy?

Can Nuclear Power Really Save the Planet? Is it as green as it seems Environmentalists denounce the inadequate costs and high risk, and point out the delays and cost overruns in current next-generation reactor projects in France, the UK and Finland.

So if it’s nuclear again, how can you move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible? Last week the US passed an infrastructure bill that provides charging stations for electric cars across America. These cars are already being sold. How can you power the planet when the future is now?

Produced by Yann Pusztai, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.

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