The English media treated the Christerson government harshly
One of Great Britain’s biggest newspapers is now lashing out at the Swedish government.
The Guardian has a total of more than 20 million subscribers, with Prime Minister Ulf Kristerson (M) and his ministers covered.
In an article today, reporter Miranda Bryant made serious accusations against the Swedish government following climate minister Romina Bourmokhtari’s (L) statement yesterday.
– Climate change needs to double electricity generation over the next 20 years, and nuclear power plays a key role in our success, the climate minister told a press conference at the time.
At the same time, the government announced that at least ten new conventional reactors would be commissioned between 2030 and 2040.
Interviews a Swedish professor
However, the initiative did not appear in any positive light in the British mainstream press.
Instead, The Guardian interviewed a Swedish researcher from Lund University who strongly questioned the need for new reactors.
– You cannot say with certainty that ten new reactors are needed. Currently, the expansion of electricity generation in Sweden is driven by wind power, says Lars J Nilsson, professor and member of the European Climate Advisory Board.
Romina Purmokhtari explained yesterday that today it is prohibited to build nuclear reactors in places other than where they already exist.
He believes there are limitations that prevent a “modern vision of nuclear power.”
– We have sent the Legislative Assembly a recommendation on this before the summer. So the bill can now be processed by the Riksdag in the autumn. We are very much looking forward to it.
However, Lars J Nilsson sees the climate minister’s statement as “code”.
– I don’t expect any new nuclear power in Sweden until the government sees visionary guarantees like the one at Hinkley Point in Great Britain.
Sweden is “losing its reputation,” he writes.
The Guardian further highlights a quote from Professor Lunda who says Sweden is about to lose its reputation as a “green leader” on the world stage.
– Sweden will lose some of that profile. Now the momentum and progress is coming from the EU and Brussels.
Eppa Bush has raised the question
The newspaper also spoke to Karin Lexon, secretary general of the Nature Conservation Society in Sweden.
He accused the government of trying to “divert attention from climate issues”.
– They shift the focus from what is really needed right now, which is to produce enough electricity until 2030.
The article also draws attention to Commerce and Energy Secretary Eppa Bush (KD).
– We do not agree with the Minister of Energy saying that more nuclear power is needed to generate more wind power. We think it’s ancient, Karin Lexon tells The Guardian.
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