Europe’s Self-inflicted Renewable Energy Disaster Drives Nuclear Power Renaissance

The race to secure reliable and affordable power is on and nuclear power has already crossed the finish line.

2021 was the year when the inherent unreliability of wind and solar revealed how everything depends upon reliable and affordable power supplies.

The wind and solar ‘industries’ talk a big game; and in their wilder moments even claim to be capable of replacing conventional coal, gas and nuclear generators, altogether. Europe’s months-long wind drought in the last half of 2021 demonstrated otherwise. And the peculiar disappearance of solar power, every day is readily explained by that phenomenon known as “sunset”.

The mega-batteries touted as a solution are nothing but an expensive pipe dream.

Which is why the Frenchamong others, are now talking about nuclear power as if it was their very first love.

Faced with the reality of actually trying to rely exclusively on wind and solar, even Germany’s Greens are talking about maintaining their ability to produce coal-fired and nuclear power for the foreseeable future. No surprises, there.

Now the Brits are talking up nuclear power as the only game in town.

While Boris Johnson is all in favour, his Chancellor, Rishi Sunak is evidently still in the thrall of renewable energy rent-seekers who continue to do everything in their power to prevent the world from having nuclear power.

UK Battle over Nuclear Power
John Hinderaker
19 March 2022

With electricity prices skyrocketing and dependence on Russian oil in disrepute, the U.K. is scrambling to come up with a new energy strategy. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants a crash program of nuclear power development, but he is encountering resistance within his own administration:

Boris Johnson is privately frustrated with Rishi Sunak over the Chancellor’s apparent resistance to the Prime Minister’s push for a dramatic increase in the number of nuclear power plants in Britain, The Telegraph can disclose.

Government sources said Mr Sunak’s refusal to endorse the Prime Minister’s “big bet” on a radical expansion of the Government’s plans for nuclear power risked derailing a key element of the energy security strategy promised by Mr Johnson earlier this month.

Mr Johnson is understood to be frustrated that Mr Sunak appears reluctant to embrace a “dash to nuclear” that the Prime Minister believes is needed to shore up Britain’s energy supplies long-term in the face of a crisis fueled by Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Currently, the U.K.’s existing nuclear power plants, with one exception, are slated to be decommissioned by 2030. Johnson wants to reverse that policy with a bold expansion of both large and small nuclear plants. Absurdly, the Environment Minister opposes nuclear power on the ground of cost:

Last year, Lord Goldsmith warned that nuclear was “the most expensive form of energy in the history of energy” – a criticism that Mr Johnson appeared to tackle head on last week.

Nuclear power is vastly less expensive than wind and solar. And under a sensible regulatory regime, nuclear power may be the least expensive form of energy in the history of energy.

This battle over nuclear power is being waged around the world, or soon will be. In my opinion, there is no good reason to stop using coal and natural gas to generate electricity. But if one takes the anti-CO2 theories seriously, then the only sane–i.e., reliable–alternative is nuclear power. The logic behind nuclear energy is so compelling that its increasing adoption seems inevitable, and one hopes that it will accelerate on account of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

No need for wind, sun or Russian gas.

3 thoughts on “Europe’s Self-inflicted Renewable Energy Disaster Drives Nuclear Power Renaissance

  1. What an interesting article. There are lots of debates on whether nuclear power should be used. I think it is a good form of renewable energy like wind and solar. They all have their drawbacks.

  2. Nuclear = 50 plus years of 24/7 electricity production, and a centralised generation location and Grid infrastructure. Wind and solar = 20years of interruptible production, the Grid and means of production is all over the map.

  3. The wildest claim made by the renewable’s shysters is that the power is free.
    Hopefully this will tone down the demands for renewables by the idiots in power in the US and Canada.
    A pipe dream and a very expensive one.

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