France's Energy Mix: A Nuclear Lead Everyone Should Follow
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France's Energy Mix: A Nuclear Lead Everyone Should Follow

France's nuclear program has set it up to potentially become Europe's next superpower as billions of Euros flow into its economy from neighboring Italy.

When the first contractions of the oil market in the 1970s made Western nations realize that their energy mixes' futures were built upon an undependable foundation of shifting black sand, many nations reacted unpredictably: they did absolutely nothing. In the United States, instead of doing the smart thing and scrambling to find ways to remove the black gold turned black fool's gold from our economy, American consumers merely grumbled about prices while the government attempted to strike deals with the nation that controlled only a portion, albeit a significant portion, of the world's oil supply.

France was the lone exception to this rule. In 1974, French officials met and determined the energy policy of the nation for its perceivable future: to achieve energy independence from foreign oil and power at all costs. Their success became increasingly apparent as more power plants came online, and by 2007, 59 plants were operating smoothly and efficiently, and providing the nation with 570 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. Furthermore, about 130 billion of those Kwh went unused and were sold to neighboring Italy for a handsome profit of over 3 billion Euros, an export rate that France has continued to maintain since then. France's nuclear program has become so successful that the International Energy Agency suggested that France stop focusing on energy independence and start thinking about becoming the low-cost provider for Europe (essentially, that France should become a nuclear farm for Europe, which would make the nation extremely rich).

France has an energy mix of 75% nuclear power and 15% of hydroelectric (the remaining of about 10% from other sources), which means that 90% of its electrical energy mix has a negligible environmental cost. Elsewhere, the United States produces about 67% of its power from fossil fuels and 20% from nuclear sources, while Great Britain produces 76.5% from fossil fuels and 16.1% from nuclear power. Unsurprisingly, but in complete violation to the mass media-influenced popular thought about nuclear power, France is the only one of these three nations succeeding in the fight to lower carbon emissions, and France is the only one with a net surplus of power. In fact, Britain actually imports electricity from France!

Responsible nations around the world should not even consider whether or not to follow in France's footsteps. The nation's forethought regarding its energy independence was the only intelligent choice, and other nations are playing second fiddle as a result. Any nation that wants to get ahead in the world's economy in the future needs to capitalize on the value of nuclear power immediately, or risk being mired in a subservient economic relation with a nation that did think about its future. Citizens that want to see their countries enriched and coffers overflowing would do well to extol the virtues of this clean, green, efficient, potent, and cheap power source.

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Comments (4)

Great info. Interesting and useful. Thanks for sharing. Write more !

Drhöser

Really interesting...

I should start research on all this... Smart business French, huhum.

Thanks for sharing.

Huw Jones

Just a point...France does not get 75% of its ENERGY from Nuclear, it gets 75% of its ELECTRICITY.

Touche, but your point brings up some important information. Because France's electricity is so cheap and comes from a potent nuclear source, they have the potential to cut their energy requirements in other areas as well (and eventually derive 75% or more of their total energy from nuclear power). For example, electric cars are now viable in France because of their nuclear program, but they are not in the United States, because our power is mostly derived from fossil fuels (making electric cars redundant).

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