President Emmanuel Macron made a notable declaration that could make ecologists remain happy for the rest of the year, moreover in an eventful context around the legislative translation of the work of the Citizen’s Convention for the climate.
Travelling to the site of the nuclear reactor manufacturer Framatome at Le Creusot in Saône-et-Loire on Tuesday, December 8, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a real plea in favour of nuclear energy.
“Our energy and ecological future depend on nuclear power. Many of our fellow citizens think that nuclear pollutes the air and that it emits greenhouse gases because of Image of smoke coming out of the reactor. the non-intermittent energy which emits the least CO2”, President Macron said.
Notre avenir énergétique et écologique passe par le nucléaire. pic.twitter.com/30dCawNZcf
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 8, 2020
“Provided that progress is made on waste and safety, nuclear energy is carbon-free, secure energy which must remain a pillar of our energy mix”, he said.
President Macron also hinted that there’s no question of falling into an “all nuclear” policy in the years to come, “The production of renewable energy (…) must increase sharply, because France today is not at the rendezvous, neither of its commitments nor of its ambitions”, Mr Macron added.
“But to give up nuclear power, totally or too quickly, would be to open up coal or gas power plants as other countries have done or import carbon energy. And that, we refused,” he French leader continued, referring to a recurring debate on the exit strategy adopted by Germany, set up as a model by the ecologists and as a counter-example by the pros-nuclear.