Nuclear Power Persistence
“A growing appetite for clean, reliable energy has persuaded most Eastern European governments to abandon their aversion to nuclear power, stemming from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Countries from Poland and Lithuania to Romania and Bulgaria, many of which generate electricity from coal and fickle supplies of Russian gas, are not only updating old nuclear power plants but also constructing new reactors. A nuclear revival promises these countries a steady supply of domestic energy that meets European Union clean-air requirements and reduces the role of fossil fuels.
Japan’s struggle to contain a radiation leak at a nuclear plant following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami has somewhat tarnished the image of nuclear energy, but few deny, least of all the Japanese themselves, that the world needs nuclear as part of its energy blend. “In Europe and across the world, more and more voices can be heard about the renaissance of nuclear energy,” said Zygimantas Vaiciunas of the Lithuanian Energy Ministry in Lithuania in the World magazine...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Nuclear Power Persistence,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 4, 2011: 56-59.
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