Thursday, September 29, 2011

[Short entry] Switzerland to abolish nuclear power (maybe)

Switzerland Senate Endorses Nuclear Phase Out

I'm a little behind the headlines with this posting (as research and preparations for the move to New Mexico have been keeping me pretty busy) but this important news item shouldn't be overlooked.

The Federal Assembly of Switzerland or Parliament, with the September 28 vote by the Senate, has passed the law banning the development of new plants (with a stipulation to 'keep Parliament informed'), to phase-out nuclear power by 2034, and to develop renewable sources.

Of course, there's the question of replacement sources for the 40% of Switzerland's current total power use that comes from nuclear power plants and what this says about the feasibility and eventuality of putting this decision into practice.

If I were a betting man, I'd bet that there will be further legislative decisions affecting the outcome of the planned 2034 phase-out.

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