Nuclear: the door open to a compromise?  - Economic policy

Nuclear: the door open to a compromise? – Economic policy

It is on November 30 that the De Croo government must confirm the death, decided in 2003, of at least five of the country’s seven reactors, after successful auctions for the construction of two gas-fired power stations. However, nuclear power is resisting.

Reviled, nuclear could be swept from the horizon. It is on November 30 that the De Croo government must confirm the death, decided in 2003, of at least five of the country’s seven reactors, after successful auctions for the construction of two gas-fired power stations. Yet the nuclear resistance. Because it has two assets. It is a continuous energy, while the renewable are intermittent, and above all it does not emit CO2, unlike gas. However, COP 26 recalls that decarbonization is the global priority against global warming.

At least three parties support maintaining a nuclear industry here.

Politically, at least three parties support maintainingin our country, of a nuclear sector: the N-VA in Flanders and the MR on the French-speaking side, which has turned its back, without forgetting Challenge. Pierre Kunschprofessor at the ULB, relays a petition which demands the repeal of the 2003 law to “stimulate innovative nuclear research and create the conditions for the construction of new power plants”: signed by more than 12,000 people, the document was drafted by experts and by Dirk Verhofstadt, brother de Guy, ex-Premier Open Vld. The pressure on Alexander De Croo intensifies. Will Belgium leave the door open to small modular power plants, like in France? Even the Federal Minister of Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), did not exclude it in Trends-Tendances, as long as guarantees in terms of waste and safety were given. The door open to a compromise… to secure the future?

Reviled, nuclear could be swept from the horizon. It is on November 30 that the De Croo government must confirm the death, decided in 2003, of at least five of the country’s seven reactors, after successful auctions for the construction of two gas-fired power stations. However, nuclear power is resisting. Because it has two assets. It is a continuous energy, while renewables are intermittent, and above all it does not emit CO2, unlike gas. However, COP 26 recalls that decarbonization is the global priority against global warming. Politically, at least three parties support the maintenance of a nuclear sector in our country: the N-VA in Flanders and the MR on the French-speaking side, which has turned its back, without forgetting DéFI. Pierre Kunsch, professor at the ULB, relays a petition calling for the repeal of the 2003 law to “stimulate innovative nuclear research and create the conditions for the construction of new power plants”: signed by more than 12,000 people, the document was written by experts and by Dirk Verhofstadt, brother of Guy, ex-Premier Open Vld. The pressure on Alexander De Croo is intensifying. Will Belgium leave the door open to small modular power plants, like in France? Even the Federal Minister of Energy, Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen), did not exclude it in Trends-Tendances, as long as guarantees in terms of waste and safety were given. The door open to a compromise… to secure the future?

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