Ecology and renewable electricity production: beware of misinformation! – EconomyMorning



Environment, global warming, pollution, etc. In bulk, ecology becomes one of the preponderant factors in political forums. When the economy gets involved, it’s confusion. Reducing CO2 emissions is obsessive. The “recipe” substitutes appear in terms of clean energy, including wind power, solar power. These newcomers are qualified as “renewable”. On several occasions the opportunities have not failed to develop the low contribution and the exorbitant cost of these sources of energy compared to those of nuclear power. As proof of a hasty political choice: the closure of the two reactors at Fessenheim This act turned out to be a failure for France. The drop in nuclear electricity production, which emits only 6 gCO2 / kWh, had to be compensated. Result: a significant drop in French exports (- 30%) and a sharp increase in imports (+ 32%), mainly from Germany. It should be remembered that its electricity production is made up of 45% of fossil fuels (gas and coal) which emits 400 gCO2 / kWh (10 times more than in France). In the eyes of French political decision-makers, including ecological opponents, this counts for nothing! An inconsistent economic impact that borders on absurdity From an economic point of view, not to mention the environmental consequences, the net shortfall for France resulting from this situation leads to a loss of one billion euros in profit (on exports), of which about half in favor of Germany. It is all the more strange and empty of common sense since in France since 2020, the reduction of CO2 emissions aimed at three incompatible objectives. Drastic reduction in fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal); Accelerated development of renewable energies such as wind and solar, which are also intermittent and destructive of nature and the environment; Gradual reduction in the share of nuclear power. The whole is crowned by a remarkable encouragement to the development of the electric car. Builders must applaud! And yet, a majority of French people and politicians are unaware that the total electrical energy produced represents only 20% (17% for nuclear) of the total energy necessary for the operation of the country. The remaining 80% comes from oil, gas and carbon products. It is these unprotected sources of energy that are needed to provide transport, air, road and rail, large industries, construction, heating, agricultural equipment, etc. There are plenty of examples. A political will not reflected by definition, but with serious consequences Nuclear power is a sustainable and controllable source of energy. This energy, the cheapest, cleanest and least emitting CO2 (6g of CO2 / kWh) is synonymous with stability in its production essential for industrial and economic development. The capital and wealth of France and Europe have been amputated since the 2000s by the disastrous energy choices of successive governments and elected officials influenced by anti-nuclear environmentalists.