The Danish organisation Clean Energy Information has published a small leaflet with the following.


# 1 Low environmental impact

Nuclear power is just as environmentally friendly as wind, solar and hydro power.

The total environmental impact of nuclear energy, incl. the fuel cycle is in line with the load of wind and solar power.

# 2 Great Security

No people have ever been harmed by emissions from western nuclear plants.
Neither in the operation of the works nor in the transport and storage of the radioactive waste.
The experience gained from all Western nuclear power plants since 1956 is more than 16,000 operating years without injury to humans.
The accident in Fukushima March 2011 does not change this situation.
The UN Scientific Committee on the effect of radiation says:
“No visible increase in cancer or other diseases is expected.”

# 3 Nuclear power requires small amounts of fuel and produces small amounts of waste

To produce approx. 1/3 of Denmark’s annual consumption requires approx. 30 tons of fuel at a nuclear power plant or 3,000,000 tons of coal at a coal-fired power station.

The nuclear power plant leaves 1.2 tons (0.5 m ^ 3) of high-level radioactive waste after recycling and emits little CO2 from mining.
The coal-fired power plant leaves 300,000 tonnes of ash and 8,500,000 tonnes of CO2.
Some countries have so far chosen not to recycle the spent fuel.
In that case, the amount of radioactive waste to be deposited increases.

# 4 Cheap and Stable Electricity Supply

Nuclear power is the cheapest CO2-free energy source for stable electricity generation.
New nuclear power plants will supply up to 35 øre / kWh, while wind power in Denmark will supply up to 105 øre / kWh.

Even with a wind power generation in Denmark corresponding to about 1/3 of the electricity consumption, winds in a total of approx. 1,000 hours (42 days) only cover less than 10% of our electricity consumption.
During these periods, the electricity supply comes from Norwegian hydropower of Swedish hydropower and nuclear power.
Large investments in wind power therefore require extra reserve power or security for imports and thus dependence on other countries.
The world’s nuclear power plants run an average of 75% of the time, but the best ones are above 90%
Therefore, nuclear power is a stable source of energy.
The existing nuclear power plants supply very cheap electricity.

# 5 Stor forsyningssikkerhed

The world’s uranium deposits last for hundreds of years.

With future reactor types or with thorium as fuel, the deposits last for several thousand years.
The majority of the world’s deposits of uranium and thorium are found in politically stable countries.
Nuclear power plant can have fuel for 10 years of consumption in stock.

# 6 Denmark has one of the highest CO2 emissions in the EU

In Sweden, where half of the electricity production comes from hydropower and half from nuclear power, the production of a kWh of electricity creates a CO2 emission of 15 grams.
In Denmark, emissions are 300 grams per. kWh

In 1971, the emissions per. inhabitant were almost equal in Denmark and Sweden:
11.1 tonnes (DK) and 10.2 (S)
2010, the same numbers were 8.48 (DK) and 5.07 (S)
Sweden built 12 nuclear reactors in the period 1971 – 1985
Denmark’s emissions of CO2 could have been at least 25% less if the Folketing had not stopped the pre-1985 plan for building nuclear power plants in Denmark.

# 7 Nuclear power is good for the environment

With nuclear power, we can free ourselves from the dependence on fossil fuels and reduce our CO2 emissions by at least 25%

By 2030, Denmark can reduce the proportion of fossil fuels in the electricity supply from 66% in 2010 to 10-20% by the construction of four nuclear power plants.
Alternatively, electricity generators in Denmark can participate in foreign nuclear projects.
In all cases, up to 30% of the supply could come from wind, biomass and waste incineration.
Wind power is highly fluctuating and therefore cannot supply the power that must always be available (base load)


# 1 Nuclear waste is radioactive for more than 100,000 years

The actual waste will have lost much of its radioactivity after 50 years.

After 400 years, the waste will have the same radioactive level as uranium ore.
After 600 years will be as radioactive as garden soil.
If, however, the recycling of spent fuel from nuclear power plants fails, it will be radioactive for an extended period of time.

# 2 Radioactive waste cannot be stored safely

That’s not true.
The waste from over 50 years of use of nuclear power has so far been stored without a single case of hazardous release to the environment.

The amount of high radioactive waste is so small that it can easily be stored at the nuclear power plants or at recycling facilities.
The spent fuel from 40 years of operation of a reactor can stand in a building that is 100 m long 30 m wide and 23 m high.

# 3 Denmark does not use nuclear power

That’s not true. Denmark’s electricity supply today contains 10-20% nuclear power from our neighboring countries.

In the future, Denmark will import much more electricity when the wind is weak.
Because our coal and gas-fired power plants will be phased out.
That will mean an increasing share of nuclear power.
Denmark can invest in and receive power from new nuclear power plants being built in our neighboring countries.
They are being built anyway – so why not join?

# 4 People would rather be free of nuclear energy.
This is especially true for those living close to a nuclear power plant

That’s not right.
All studies on people’s attitudes to nuclear power show that the support for nuclear power increases the closer you live at a nuclear power plant and the more you know about and have personal experience with nuclear power.

American writer Gwryneth Cravets was an opponent of nuclear power for many years.
After several visits to nuclear power plants and intensive research, he changed his mind and wrote the book:
“Power to save the World. The Truth about Nuclear Energy. ”
Similarly, James Lovelock (originator of the GAIA theory) and Patrick Moore (co-founder of Greenpeace) have changed attitudes and are now supporters of nuclear power.

# 5 If you say yes to nuclear power, you also say yes to nuclear weapons

That’s not true.
Western nuclear power plants have nothing to do with nuclear weapons.

The link between nuclear power and nuclear weapons is a politically created fear that is unfounded.
Western nuclear power plants cannot be used in the development or production of nuclear weapons.
On the contrary, the nuclear power plants are used to burn (use) nuclear explosives, thereby removing the threat from the many nuclear bombs stored from the Cold War.

The writings above

is a copy of material authored and published by the association REO
(Clean Energy Enlightenment)
This association, of which I am a member, advocates a stable, environmentally friendly and economical electricity supply – ie. nuclear power.

If the above is not sufficient, more can be found on another block Thorkils Thoughts, for which I am responsible.
Use the search engine (Ctrl + f) and enter the topic you want to elaborate.
Click on the yellow one. Or on pictures to get full size.
I hope this can open up to factual understanding of the troublesome reality.

Greetings from Thorkil Søe
Phone 5117 1936

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