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Nuclear Energy: France - Germany 1-0

If one compares the energy strategy of the two largest countries in the Eurozone, Germany and France, it is clear why a commitment to "net zero" or "zero carbon" by 2050 does not seem feasible.

Based on 2020 data, the two countries have almost the same electricity needs.

But while Germany has closed all its nuclear power stations (around 16-17), France produces 68% of its needs from nuclear power stations.

However, as we have written in a previous article, according to scientists, mitigation of Climate Change without nuclear power can NOT be achieved in 2050.

To give a few more facts, France produces about 10% of its energy from wind turbines and photovoltaics while Germany produces 41% from fossil fuels! and about 33% from wind turbines and photovoltaics, but local communities are taking them to court because they are disrupting - as they claim - local ecosystems and disrupting or delaying investment in wind farms.

Germany also mines around 114 million metric tonnes of coal, while France mines only 2.3 million metric tonnes.

These few facts show that the gap in energy strategy between the two largest economies of the European Union is huge and rather unbridgeable. There is no chance of a single strategy in the near future and therefore it is difficult to see a common European Energy Strategy to mitigate the effects of Climate Change, which is becoming more and more severe with droughts, fires and floods and so on.


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