This debate reminds me of a letter I received when France was about to build its first nuclear plant.
'Please don't worry us with nuclear. We already have electricity'.
Of course, it is not that simple. Power has to be generated. And there is always a cost.
CO 2is not a risk - it is a fact.
Coal is a heavy polluter. Gas may be twice as efficient, but then you have put all your eggs in one basket.
Yes, we have to make energy conservation efforts. But the only practical way of achieving this is tax - and what government is going to want to do that after recent events in France and the UK?
Chernobyl was bad. But do you ban all cars because of one careless driver? Since then, bodies like WANO have worked throughout Europe, providing safety advice and recommending improvements.
In France, renewable energy already supplies 15%. We have experimented a lot, and know that it is limited in terms of large scale generation.
We must not judge by emotion, but by consequence. If Europe could abandon nuclear, then fine. But when nuclear runs out we will realise the limits of renewables and continue to burn fossil fuels.