A strange thing happened in Colorado on Valentine’s Day in 2023.
A panel of seven state legislators – five democrats and two republicans – voted 5-2 that nuclear energy should not be included in the state’s definition of Clean Energy.
Does that seem strange to you? It did to me. I was in the room. I testified, as did 11 other advocates FOR nuclear energy while only 2 individuals testified against. And I sat absolutely dumfounded after the democrats voted against nuclear. Aren’t they supposed to be the champions of the clean energy movement? As an engineer, it’s blatantly obvious – based on mountains of data – that nuclear energy is the cleanest and safest energy in existence. Why are they turning down the energy champion of the environment?
This proved to me there’s still a lot of work to do in Colorado and throughout the world to change the hearts and minds of the public. We’re making strides in that direction, but until then, we’re going to use this page as a repository for all the places in the world who ARE going nuclear and consider it to be clean energy. The list below isn’t exhaustive. In fact, I was able to research all of these news articles in less than 30 minutes from just headlines which came out in February of 2023.
The truth is, a mistake was made that day based on partisan politics, and it’s going to hurt Colorado, America, and the world in the long run. It’s our responsibility to speak up, educate our friends, communities, and representatives.
Communities who consider nuclear to be clean energy:
- The United States of America (God Bless)
- Washington bill advocates to go nuclear.
- Europe believes it’s green.
- German changes decision on closing plants. German public also supports nuclear.
- Finland extends life of existing plants
- Romania wants to be first to build SMRs
- Poland advances deal with Westinghouse. They’re also advocating for the rest of Europe to support nuclear.
- Sweden energy minster tell a conference they’re open for business. They want more nuclear.
- Belgium considers extending life of reactors.
- Estonia’s going to build a GE-Hitachi reactor.
- The UK moves to classify it as green
- Japan (use Google Translate to read the original article or read the Bloomberg article)
- South Korea
- South Africa wants to revive deals with the US.
- Coal communities
We’ll continue to update this page as more news comes out about continued support throughout the world. If you discover something, post it in the comments or shoot us an email and we’ll add it to this list!