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Löfven ready to negotiate over nuclear power

Löfven ready to negotiate over nuclear power

Published: 13 Feb 2012 10:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 13 Feb 2012 10:02 GMT+01:00

The new leader of the Social Democrats Stefan Löfven has indicated he's ready to negotiate with the government over the future of nuclear power despite a previous party decision to phase out nuclear energy in Sweden.

“The most important thing for Sweden is that businesses and households in our country get a message about long-term energy policy that doesn't change along with the majority in parliament,” Löfven told Sveriges Radio (SR).

During his time as head of the IF Metall union, Löfven was known as a strong advocate of nuclear power both because of its benefits for the climate but also because of how many of union member jobs were tied to the power industry or power-hungry industries that stood to benefit from lower energy costs.

However, the Social Democrats have previously decided that Sweden should phase out its nuclear power, distancing itself from a government compromise which calls for aging nuclear reactors to be replaced by new ones.

But now Löfven has said he won't rule out an energy policy agreement with the government that includes new reactors, something which prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has said was a precondition to energy policy talks with the Social Democrats.

While Löfven emphasized he's not prepared to agree with Reinfeldt's conditions per se, he is willing to engage in open and free discussions with the prime minister about Sweden's energy policy.

“If the prime minister gets in touch, we will sit down and talk,” said Löfven told SR.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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11:24 February 13, 2012 by RobinHood
As usual, policitians say nukes are dirty, dangerous and unwanted - until the lights are about to go out. Then suddenly they are the only option, and we need ten. Wouldn't it be cheaper and safer if all parties dropped the posturing, and admitted the innevitibility that without nukes to top up the windmills, Swedish industry is going to run out of power when it runs out of coal, oil and gas? Get on with it, and build the horrible things. They take decades to build, and must be up and running before the need arises, not 25 years after.
20:30 February 13, 2012 by Rey Stockholm
Nuclear power has to happen, even the most extreme green party member realises wind power is a joke
02:25 February 14, 2012 by blue2012
Sweden should emulate Germany.

Germany is phasing out nuclear power plants and replacing with coal power plants.

There is no logic to this but that is how some German politicians think.
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