Swedish Parliament Demonstrates Realism on Nuclear Energy Question

Berlin, 18.06.2010

President of the German Atomic Forum, Dr. Ralf Güldner had this to say about the Swedish parliament?s decision to allow the construction of new nuclear power plants, "The decision of the Swedish Riksdag (Sweden´s national legislative assembly) on Thursday is very noteworthy. Free from ideology and extending beyond party boundaries, the majority of parliamentarians have acknowledged that nuclear energy is indispensable for the security of supply and climate protection."

This decision also proves that renewable energies and nuclear energy are by no means mutually exclusive because in 2008 more than 48 percent of electricity in Sweden originated from renewable sources and 42 percent from nuclear power plants. In the present day energy mix of industrial countries that use nuclear energy, such as Sweden, both forms of production are irreplaceable in the foreseeable future.

The Swedish parliament´s decision to lift the legal ban on new building issued in 1984 and the Act on the Phasing Out of Nuclear Power passed in 1997 is a further example of the broad international reappraisal of nuclear energy. "Even if we in this country are not thinking about the construction of new or replacement nuclear power plants, Sweden´s realism regarding nuclear energy should be a role model for us in Germany," stressed Güldner.

For when the Swedish parliament decided in 1980 to end the use of nuclear energy by 2010 it was subject to the proviso that by then new sources of energy would be available as a replacement in order not to impair prosperity and employment. The majority of parliamentarians decided on 16 June that it is not yet possible to replace nuclear energy particularly in view of climate protection and environmental compatibility.

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