Reemergence Of Energy Sanity? Europe Now Considers Nuclear, Natural Gas As Sustainable

German online reports here that the European Commission now “aims to classify nuclear power and natural gas as sustainable”, likely in a bid to avert an energy supply meltdown.

Previously Europe had excluded nuclear power and natural gas as a climate-friendly source of energy, but now that energy prices have begun to skyrocket and power grids become unstable and risk blacking out, Europe appears to be waking up from its wind and sun fantasies.

Suddenly nuclear and natural gas (a fossil fuel) will be joining renewable energies wind and solar power as being “sustainable and climate friendly”.

“The taxonomy is intended to show investors in the EU clear criteria as to which financial products benefit climate protection. The EU Commission presented a package on this in April 2021, which is to regulate the details,” reports “The question of whether investments in natural gas and nuclear projects can also be sustainable was left aside by the Commission.”

Transition undoable without fossil fuel natural gas

EU Commission president Ursuala von der Leyen wrote in a statement (above) that the production costs for solar and wind energy had fallen over the past ten years and that renewable energies are the generally “the way to go”,  yet conceded “wind energy is very volatile” and that Europe needed “a stable source, nuclear; and during the transition, of course, natural gas.”

“This is why – as we have already stated as a Commission in April – we will come forward with our taxonomy proposal,” the EU Commission statement added.

Nuclear will be unavoidable

Of course the Greens in the European Parliament flipped at the plan to massively boost gas and nuclear generated power. MEP Sven Giegold called the EU Commission’s announcement a “worst imaginable disaster” for Europe’s energy transition.

The return to energy sobriety was nudged on earlier this year by seven EU members, reports “Among them was France, whose President Emmanuel Macron also recently announced ‘mini-nuclear power’ as part of a strategy to make his country carbon-neutral.”

13 responses to “Reemergence Of Energy Sanity? Europe Now Considers Nuclear, Natural Gas As Sustainable”

  1. John Hultquist

    Those of the European Commission should have audits of their personal and agency “carbon foot prints”, their pay, and their net worth. If they continue to bludgeon the people into a harsh and cold existence their own lifestyle could be threatened.
    Likely they have begun to realize this.

    They should remove wood pellets from the approved list.

  2. Hasbeen

    Nothing like sitting in the dark, when the lights go out, to make people see the light!

  3. Shoki Kaneda

    They all remember what happened to their rulers the last time French people got really pissed.

  4. Lasse

    Swedish prime-minister was told to tell the commission that Sweden has nuclear as a reliable sours of electricity.
    But he refused as a part of his power is the green party.
    Now he will resign and there will be new government elected, apart from this small scandal!

    1. bonbon
      I wonder what Sweden will do at FLOP26?

  5. Phil Salmon

    One wonders if antinuclear sentiment is a residual form of antisemitism. Some association of historic nuclear physics with Jewish scientists? The religious fanaticism and irrationality of antinuclear are at the “core” of Europe’s green parties. Dawning realisation of the disastrous folly of antinuclear prejudice could be very damaging for the power and prestige of Europe’s greens. Let’s hope so! They’ve always been narcissistic and irresponsible fools.

    1. bonbon

      There is a thin line line between LGBT and antinuclear – considering nuclear pioneers were actually women.

      As for antisemitism, the connection is best stated here :
      ¨It is time to break with the folly of these megalomaniacs, in particular these Christians, who speak of dominating the Earth; all of that must be brought back into perspective. There is nothing particular about man. He is but a part of this world. In the face of a good storm, he can do nothing. He cannot even predict it.… Man must relearn how to see the world with worshipful respect. Only then will he be able to perceive things as they are: only then will he see to what extent we are caught up in a system [greater than ourselves].¨
      That was SS Heinrich Himmler quoted in The Law of Blood: Thinking and Acting as a Nazi, by Johann Chapoutot, Belknap Press, 2018, p. 27.

  6. bonbon

    Interestingly ¨taxonomy¨ for investors is mentioned many times, not tax.

    I think they mean taxidermy – skinning the economy alive. One wonders if the EC Commission are paleolithic actually hunter-gatherers at the dawn of the use of fire and civilization?

    1. Phil Salmon


      The path of descent from the Na3is to Europe’s green movement is well established.

  7. bonbon

    The Bavarian press Augsburger Allgemein reported now that the EU standoff with Poland over national law could mean a Polish veto of the EU Green New Deal. Poland did say that if EU COVID funds are refused, blackmail, they will ¨defend our rights with any weapons which are at our disposal¨.

  8. Roberto

    Does this lead to fracking?

  9. Gerald the Mole

    I fail to see how CO2 produced from natural gas differs from CO2 produced from coal.

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