Environmental Progress (EP) is a research and policy organization fighting for clean power and energy justice to achieve nature and prosperity for all.
Nature and Prosperity for AllEnvironmental Progress (EP) was founded to achieve two goals: lift all humans out of poverty, and save the natural environment. These goals can be achieved by mid-century but only if we remove the obstacles to cheap, reliable and clean energy.
German emissions have been rising since 2009. Closures of nuclear power plants wiped out emissions reductions from less coal power. Germany installed 1.5 GW (3.9%) more in solar capacity but got 1.2 TWh (3%) less electricity from solar in 2016 because it was less sunny than 2015. Germany installed 5 GW (11%) more w
France's Energy Transition for Green Growth Law promises to limit nuclear powers contribution to 50 percent of Frances total electricity by 2025. Nuclear currently provides approximately 75% of France's electricity. France currently has one of the lowest prices for electricity among leading European economies. To
Almost all of Switzerlands electricity comes from hydroelectric dams and the countrys five nuclear reactors, which on their own account for 40 percent of its electricity mix. There are no future plans to construct new nuclear reactors, and the country annually imports a significant amount of electricity from nei
For many conservation scientists, nuclear energy is a no-brainer: it is not only very low-pollution, its small land-use footprint means that it leaves more room for nature. By contrast, solar plants require 150 times more land than nuclear.That's why dozens of conservation scientists are working with Environmental Pr
"Candor is required. Experts would be mobilized to provide abundant electrical energy in the power-starved areas of the world. The United States pledges to devote its entire heart and mind to find the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life." Pre
Solar Topia. We used to believe solar and wind alone could solve poverty. We were wrong. We now know that we overcome poverty, wood fuel use, deforestation, debr peonage, and soil erosion with cheap power for fertilizer production and for factories that free women, inspire smaller families with fossil fuels at first th
"Our campaign stressing the hazards of nuclear power ill supply a rationale for increasing regulation and add to the cost of the industry." Sierra Club Executive Director, 1974
Nuclear closures threaten coal lock-in. Of the 94 gigawatts (GW) of installed nuclear capacity globally at risk of being prematurely retired before 2025, 45 GW are in Europe. Nuclear as a percentage of the European Union electricity, declined from 31 to 28 percent between 2000 and 2014. European Commission estimate
In the 1960s and 70s, the US was the world leader in nuclear technologies. Half of the US nuclear fleet is now at risk of premature closure by 2030. Wind and solar receive, respectively, 17 and 140 times more in federal subsidies than nuclear. Thirty states have mandates to deploy clean energy that exclude nuclear.It
Environmental Progress is working with our friends and allies in South Korea to save its nuclear plants, and protect its valuable nuclear export business.
China's electricity mix depends heavily on fossil fuels, with 63 percent of its electricity generation capacity coming from fossil fuels in 2016. Based on estimates for 2020, this figure will only go down 1 percent. Mainland China has approximately 32 gigawatts of nuclear power in operation, an additional 21 under con
Percentage of total electricity from nuclear declined 7 percent between 1995 and 2016. The percentage of total electricity coming from solar and wind only increased 5.2 percent between 1985 and 2015. The world could lose up to two times more nuclear than it gains by 2030. Between 2010 and 2016, public support for nu
Why is nuclear on the decline? Isn't nuclear just too expensive? But aren't nuclear plant owners now asking for more subsidies? Doesn't nuclear get extra subsidies, including free insurance and decommissioning?
Isnt nuclear energy dangerous? What about the accidents? What about the nuclear waste?
Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine "Hero of the Environment" and Green Book Award-winning author and policy expert.
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