Portugal and the EU with no space for nuclear energy (for now) – Science & Health

Portugal and the EU with no space for nuclear energy (for now)

It’s effective but expensive. “Clean”, but not everyone believes it’s safe. Nuclear energy was discussed at COP26 and the EU will not invest in the near future.

In 1977, Fausto Bordalo Dias composed a song that would become one of the most famous in his songbook. “In Ferrel, there in Peniche,/ They’re going to build a plant/ That for some is nuclear/ But for many it’s deadly”, could be heard in “Rosalinda”, a song against nuclear energy, more precisely against the Ferrel plant . At the time, hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against nuclear energy on national soil. People lived in a climate of constant fear of nuclear war and Chernobyl was not even guessed at, but the Portuguese said no to nuclear war. Forty years later, the official answer from Portugal is still “no”, as well as from other countries. But there are more and more adherents of this “clean” energy.

In Portugal, there are many scientists and technicians who believe that investment in nuclear energy is not justified, due to the high initial cost that it has. In 2019, Carlos Fiolhais argued that it made no sense to invest in nuclear energy now due to the heavy investment required. “Technology is always expensive for those who don’t have it. For Portugal it is very expensive”, an opinion shared by former Secretary of State for Science and Innovation Pedro Sampaio Nunes, one of the promoters of a project that aimed to introduce the production of nuclear energy in Portugal in 2006, but that never got off the ground.

After years of technological improvement, safety is no longer the main issue in the production of nuclear energy, with price taking the first place of concern, followed by solutions for nuclear waste.

Source: SÁBADO by www.sabado.pt.

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