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Support for new nuclear reactors grows: survey

TT/The Local · 10 Jul 2010, 11:36

Published: 10 Jul 2010 11:36 GMT+02:00

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The only group with a majority against the decision is among Green Party members.

"The decision to build new replacement reactors obviously has very broad support," said Carl B. Hamilton, the Liberal Party's economic spokesman. "Only a small minority want to tear it up."

The Riksdag narrowly passed a landmark government proposal allowing the replacement of nuclear reactors at the end of their life span on June 17th.

Two Centre Party members voted no along with the red-green coalition, including Solveig Ternström, who has appeared at Almedal Week in Visby together with Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin and former EU Commissioner Margot Wallström.

The strongest support in the poll is among men and supporters of the centre-right parties, including the Centre Party, of which over 80 percent support the decision. Overall, it is supported by 72 percent, while 28 percent are opposed.

Even among Social Democrats, who have promised to reverse the decision if they win the autumn election, 66 percent of party supporters are in favour of the decision and only 34 percent are against it.

Among Trade Union Confederation (Landsorganisationen, LO) members, 71 percent support the decision, while Left Party supporters are still weighing the pros and cons. Only Green Party supporters are against the decision, but they are a slim majority at 55 percent.

The leaders of the Social Democrats are completely out of tune with their sympathisers and also with unionists on the energy issue, said Hamilton.

The survey was conducted by consulting company United Minds between June 21st to 26th and is based on 1,008 responses.

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The centre-right government announced in February 2009 that it was reversing a decision to phase out nuclear power as part of an ambitious new climate programme. The country had voted in a 1980 non-binding referendum to phase out its 12 reactors by this year, a target later abandoned by officials.

Since 1999, two of the reactors have been closed. The 10 remaining reactors, at three power stations, account for about half of Sweden's electricity production.

The nuclear plan is part of the government's climate programme, which stipulates that by 2020, renewable energy should comprise 50 percent of all energy produced, the Swedish car fleet be independent of fossil fuels in 10 years and the country be carbon-neutral by 2050.

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Your comments about this article

22:53 July 10, 2010 by Nemesis
This is good news.

We need nuclear to reduce reliance on imports from oil companies. Also nuclear is good for smoothing out the pikes in wind power, giving a more stable supply.

Energy diversity is best. That way we don't rely on one source of power.
14:05 July 11, 2010 by Rey Stockholm
Nuclear is the most carbon friendly, safe and reliable option for a power hungry growing population.

Wind power will in time be shown to be the biggest confidence tricks on the population. It is simply not reliable enough nor scaleable enough to be of pracrtical use on its own without back up power sources, nuclear, oil,...n.

The only people winning out of this sham gn are those politicians attending endless energy summits in exotic places and those getting huge subsidies to install turbines.
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