If the N-VA will depend the two youngest nuclear power plants in our country 10 years longer remain open. And also the construction of a new plant is ‘negotiable if that’s economically viable.” That is in the brochure about ‘ecorealisme’ the N-VA Saturday, has proposed on their V-day, a sort of workshop, on energy and ecology. At the start of that day there was also a protest.
In the run-up to may 26, organizes N-VA, a series of seminars on various topics. Saturday have just about 800 N-VA members located in Gent bent on the theme of energy and ecology. Although there also was spoken about food, waste and climate adaptation, the focus was mainly on energy and particularly on the (on)meaning of nuclear energy in the future energy supply.
That focus had mainly to do with the central speaker at the conference, the American Michael Shellenberger, a former environmentalist who is one of the founders of the so-called ecomodernisme. Energy is Shellenberger is a big advocate for nuclear power. According to him, it is a cheap, safe and climate-friendly solution. The Belgian elekriciteitsvoorziening is for the half depending on nuclear power. As Belgium, the other half nuclear wants to fill, according to Shellenberger just three extra nuclear power stations required.
A story that is at odds with the planned kernuitstap in 2025. N-VA has been criticism on that timing. The current nuclear capacity by 2025 replaced by renewable sources, and (new) fired gas plants is according to the party unfeasible and unaffordable. Therefore, it calls the N-VA already longer for the 10 year to keep it open of the two most recent nuclear power plants.
‘That way you let the light burn, the price is affordable and you avoid 6 million tonnes of CO2 and that for ten years. In order to give you a sense: that is the equivalent of all the cars in Flanders of the job. All of the cars. And so for ten years, ” says Anneleen Van Bossuyt, that the conclusions held at the workshop.
She challenges the other parties, and particularly opposition party Green, to explain how our country without nuclear power would be able to after 2025. “I want figures to see it,” says Bossuyt. “Give us clarity on the invoice of the kernuitstap. Because the competent minister may, there is still so much missing about flushing: that will be fifteen euros per family, but an invoice of 9 billion, more than one and a half times the Turteltaks for each family. And that more CO2 emissions’, says Van Bossuyt.
Although the N-VA in the long term (at 2065) also from nuclear power want to close the party the construction of a new plant still not out of the woods. ‘A new nuclear power plant is negotiable if that is economically viable, ” as is read in the N-VA-brochure.
Protest against ” ecosurrealisme’
At the start of the study day, introduced some members of the 11 march movement, an organization that after the nuclear disaster of Fukushima in 2011, campaigning for the preservation of the kernuitstap and a transition to renewable energy, action against that point of view. “Nuclear power is unaffordable, unreliable and unfeasible,” says Johan Malcorps of the organization (and also a member of Green). Also the construction of new power plants and the development of new nuclear technology is according to the organization, not part of the solution. ‘That is dagdromerij. That is not ecorealisme, but ecosurrealisme’, says Malcorps.
Kristof Calvo of Groen takes note of the ‘nuclear addiction’ of N-VA. “It was no study day of the N-VA but the nuclear lobby’, responds the Mp. “I want the N-VA first and foremost, to thank them for the about us on their conferences. That’s free advertising, ” says Calvo. That speaker Michael Shellenberger, openly called for the construction of three additional nuclear power plants in Belgium, called Calvo ‘totally crazy’.