Energy independence at the expense of the environment? Providing over 11% of the world’s electricity and about 30% in the EU, nuclear energy is still prominent in our current energy mix as it increases the nation’s energy independence and serves as a carbon-neutral energy production tool in a time of climate change. On the other hand, it poses the danger of immediate safety risks and long-term environmental impacts in case of accidents. What way should the EU choose in using nuclear energy for the European energy mix? Do alternatives, such as Thorium or fusion power plants, pave a way forward?
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