In an article I published this week, I’ve been saying that it’s hard to almost impossible for a country like France, which depends heavily on nuclear power, to give up using it.
Well, it looks like the democratic process worked after all in Switzerland, where crowds peacefully demonstrating near one of the oldest nuclear power plant in Beznau succeeded convincing the authorities to give up nuclear for good until 2034.
That is the year when the last reactor will go offline, and the government has said none will be built after that. In fact, the government had already suspended the approval for three new plants in March, following the aftermath of Fukushima.
Besides the Beznau protest, several other protests throughout the country have democratically forced the government to this decision. The one held in Beznau was the largest, though, gathering over 20,000 people.
Of course, things won’t happen too quickly, because it’s simply not possible. Since Switzerland still depends on its five nuclear power plants, it needs time to develop renewable energy solutions.
In a confirmation to the protesters’ aims, the government statement accepted that nuclear power will be economically unfeasible in the future due to the fast development of renewable energy solutions, which are expected to ultimately outprice anything, including nuclear.