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Vous Avez Manqué le Point, Bozo.

November 17, 2011

Thanks to Yahoo for the translation.  Thanks to the Socialists in France for the inspiration.

France’s government has accused the opposition Socialists of planning to undermine the nuclear industry in return for Green party support.

It said the proposed closure of nearly half of France’s nuclear power stations would result in soaring domestic electricity bills as well as job cuts.

The short story is that the Socialists and the Greens made a deal where they wouldn’t split the vote in key constituincies, which means they can form a coalition government and oust Sarkozy.  The Sarkozy side says that the deal involves shuttering half of France’s nuclear power industry, mostly on the “crud, Japan was bad PR,” theory.

IRSN chief Jacques Repussard was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying in an interview that France needed to upgrade the protection of vital functions in all its nuclear reactors to avoid a disaster in the event of a natural calamity.

“For example, it is necessary that each reactor has at least one protected independent diesel generator positioned out of the way which does not fail even in case of an extremely violent earthquake,” he said.

Here’s a news flash… that probably already exists, but you can’t PROVE it.  So you have to shut it down according to some factions.

Here’s another news flash… France’s relevance in Europe, and potentially in the world long-term is the fact that it’s managed for so long to have a left-leaning government that still supports nuclear power.  In an environment where Europe is about to financially force itself back to the stone age, France’s nuclear power is going to be a key export that keeps that whole country afloat.  Heck, you could probably run a welfare country on building nukes and exporting power across Europe and eventually to Asia (the latter requiring a grid that doesn’t exist, but that’s another government program that the EU will get behind eventually).

Alas, even France appears to be falling into the trap of assuming nuclear is bad, and that could be a key strategy mistake in its future relevance in the global market.

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