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The prestigious architect and urban planner advocates including the nuclear solution in the global ecological transition plan, as "we need clean, reliable, affordable and fast energy".
Lord Norman Foster, Pritzker of Architecture and Prince of Asturias of the Arts, has defended in the III International Forum of EXPANSIÓN with statistical data the use of nuclear energy
within the energy transition plan that is being carried out at a global level to avoid "seeing us kidnapped as we are now" by large fuel producers such as Russia, whose war in Ukraine "is being financed by Europe -which pays about 1,000 million dollars a day in energy to Moscow- while Germany is closing its last nuclear plants, but buying energy in nuclear France".
"I defend nuclear energy
and that is not an impediment to the use of wind or solar energy," pointed out the founder of Foster +Partners, a firm framed among other projects at present in the development of the new JPMorgan headquarters in Manhattan, 270 Park Avenue, a 423-meter high, 60-story all-electric skyscraper and the largest building in New York City with zero net operating emissions.
"I have pioneered the use of wind power using the same technology I employed as an ultralight pilot (Foster is also an expert pilot); we have developed the only community in the world that relies 24/7 on solar power in the desert.... But if I face reality, over the 50 years of work, clean energy has only managed to generate 10% of the world's energy and, in less than three decades, we expect it to reach 85% without taking into account that the creation of that clean energy now depends on fuels because it is unreliable," Foster recalled. "If we generate the battery in an electric vehicle by burning fossil fuel, it's a dirty car," he pointed out.
"We should reconsider using what we have
. Spain has seven nuclear reactors that generate most of the energy the country needs; it should reconsider the closure of four of them planned for 2030 and the rest for 2035," he warned at the event in front of Teresa Ribera, Minister of Ecological Transition, in charge of opening the second day of the EXPANSIÓN International Forum.
"While Spain or Germany are closing nuclear plants, the United Kingdom has been framed in a program to build 6 new nuclear plants.We know that
is the cleanest energy." Therefore, "I would like to suggest that in parallel with plan A for energy transition we should consider the nuclear option as a plan B, because the nuclear solution could prevent the end of the world
and could be our salvation."
Aware that his speech goes against the grain of public opinion, he considers that it is "a challenge of communication, education and training; of facing facts, not fantasy." "If we look at the number of deaths per 1,000 terawatt hours, in China there are 70,000 deaths a year directly related to the use of oil, 4,000 people in the world die from natural gas and from nuclear energy, 90. So nuclear energy on a statistical level, without opinion or emotion, is by far the safest source
. Ten million people die from poor air quality a year in the world, caused by the waste we generate," he explained, "but because we do not see it, we do not give it importance, and among this waste, those derived from energy are very few.
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