The Swiss public has voted in favour of letting the country’s fleet of nuclear power reactors operate for longer than 45 years. This shows that Swiss people trust expert safety authorities, and that they hold climate and energy security concerns as more important than radiation fears. Agneta Rising, the director general of the World Nuclear Association says the Swiss nuclear vote is as clear an example of energy democracy as one could ask for. It sends a message to the world that they do now want to follow their German neighbour’s floundering energiewende example. The referendum outcome should result in current Swiss nuclear plants generating for about 60 years, with the first unit closing sometime in the 2030s. It also shows that the Swiss public attitude towards nuclear energy is more favourable than many thought.
Contact Jonathan Cobb, World Nuclear Association, firstname.lastname@example.org
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