Politician Wants to Scrap Nuclear Power in Sweden
From The Local
A leading Social Democrat has emphasized her party’s wish to abolish nuclear power in Sweden in favour of greener alternatives, a move critics say would be “devastating” for the Swedish industrial sector.
“We think that nuclear power should be abolished and replaced with renewable energy sources,” Magdalena Andersson, economic policy spokesperson for the Social Democrats told Swedish business daily Dagens Industri (DI).
Party leader Stefan Löfven was previously a strong supporter of nuclear power in his role as chairman of the IF Metall trade union. However, since becoming the leader of the opposition last year, Löfven has changed his stance on the issue.
Sweden remains reliant on nuclear power with an estimated 35 percent of all electricity in the country produced by the plants. The first nuclear plant opened in 1972 in southern Sweden and the largest plant is located near Gothenburg.
Now the Social Democrats have made it known they are eager to phase out the country’s reliance on nuclear power following a debate between all economic policy spokespersons organized by Dagens Industri.
A fixed time frame on moving from nuclear to a greener alternative has yet to be decided, however, according to Andersson.
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