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    Spain turns its back on nuclear while the rest of the world develops 485 new plants


    September 7, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      The arrival of Liz Truss in the UK government has confirmed the British Isles' commitment to nuclear energy. The decision of Boris Johnson's successor is by no means an exoticism, but is part of a more general trend that has been observed in dozens of countries, as this newspaper explained half a year ago.

      While the Spanish government continues to be firmly opposed to nuclear energy, the European Union catalogues this technology as a "green" formula that is fully compatible with the environmental objectives of the community alliance and that can contribute directly to alleviating the economic and geopolitical problems derived from the dependence on gas and oil produced by dictatorial regimes.

      The position of Pedro Sánchez and his cabinet clashes with the more than thirty governments that are deploying new power plants. To be precise, the latest study by the World Nuclear Energy Association puts the number of nuclear facilities being developed across the globe at 429. Spain, then, stands as a sad and incomprehensible exception to the norm.

      It is striking that the commitment to nuclear power is now clearly transversal in political terms. New power plants are being announced in the United States, under the government of Democratic President Joe Biden. The same is happening in Germany, where the Executive is in the hands of an alliance of social democrats, ecologists and liberals. In Argentina, Peronism also assumes that this is a solution for the future, a postulate identical to that expressed by the Chinese Communist Party. In Japan, the government of the conservative Fumio Kishida also hopes to expand the country's nuclear capacity, the same as that of the Dutch government, where the liberals of Prime Minister Mark Rutte share government tasks with centrists, liberal democrats and Christian democrats. So it is impossible to ascribe the nuclear bet to a single political tendency, since quite the opposite is the case.

      According to El Mundo newspaper, citing a report by the World Atomic Energy Agency, the 429 new nuclear power plants that are beginning to be developed are in addition to another 56 that are already under construction. We are therefore talking about an increase of 485 in the number of infrastructures devoted to this energy source. Thus, when these new facilities are completed, nuclear capacity will have doubled, since there are currently 438 such facilities in operation worldwide.

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