Tell me more about nuclear power as source of electricity.
Fishes can't see the water they are in !
That's why I need your personal and external opinions and view.
The first source of electricity in my country (France) is nuclear.
In a previous forum, I've noticed that a lot of Citizen of USA consider Nuclear energy is too much polluting and too much expensive (democrats candidates for US election reject the idea of more nuclear plants), and that it's not seen as a serious solution to reduce pollution and CO2 emission, etc ... In few words : you seems to dislike it. So, I would like to know why exactly, and that you tell me more about what you think about it.
Here it's quite different. Nuclear energy is seen as a mean to be energetically independent. It's a mean to pollute less. And it's almost a local speciality, like are crepes, baguettes and croissants.
The main producer is EDF (which stands for Electricite De France (electricity of France)).
Until 1999, EDF had the monopoly (and that was better and safer IMHO). Since then, because of EU regulation, we've been forced to open the market ...
Here are some data :
EDF is one of the world's largest producers of electricity. In 2003, it produced 22% of the European Union's electricity, primarily from nuclear power:
- nuclear: 74.5%
- hydro-electric: 16.2%
- thermal: 9.2%
- wind power and other renewable sources: 0.1%
In 2006 :
- nuclear : 85.7%
- hydro-electric : 5.0%
- thermal : 8.1% ( coal : 3.3%, gas : 3.2%, petrol : 1.6% )
- others renewable : 0.9% (wind, sun and co)
- others : 0.3%