Cheap nuclear energy?

Here you find responses to the most common arguments for nuclear energy.


Nuclear energy is cheap. Renewable energies are not competitive.

Wrong. It might be, that the price per kWh electricity from nuclear power plants is the lowest on a specific market. But this is only the case because nuclear energy was and is heavily subsidized – directly and indirectly. Thus it has an unfair competitive advantage compared to renewable energies.


Nuclear power plants are safe.

Wrong. Whoever has already forgotten about Chernobyl or Fukushima, or says this cannot happen in our country, should think about the accidents of the nuclear power plants in Phillipsburg, Forsmarkt, Biblis A and the other more than 50 incidents in European nuclear plants (not to mention all the other world wide incidents). At some of them nuclear meltdown could only just be averted.[4]


Nuclear energy is clean.

In the climate debate nuclear energy is often presented as a climate neutral and clean energy. But nuclear energy only appears clean if one only looks at the power production in the nuclear plants. If the Uranium production and nuclear waste disposal are considered, it becomes obvious that nuclear energy is much dirtier than politics and industry would want to admit.


The fact that up till now no suitable nuclear waste disposal site has been found has purely political reasons. Technically and physically it does not pose any problem.

Looking at the physical challenges in finding a suitable nuclear waste disposal site it becomes clear that the problem lies not only in politics but mainly in the physics involved.


Without nuclear power plants we won't have enough electricity or we will need to replace them with coal power plants.

Wrong. An energy supply from 100% renewable sources is possible.

There are a lot of nuclear power plants which are already written-off. They should be kept running in order to finance research into renewable energy technologies with the earned profits.

The power companies can generate profits because of the written-off nuclear power plants. Using these profits to subsidize research in renewable energies sounds attractive and reasonable. In fact, however, it is necessary to switch off all nuclear power plants as fast as possible to insure a secure, sustainable, stable and payable energy supply.