Nuclear energy for climate change, trend or real solution?

Chernobyl, 20 years after the nuclear accident.

The COP 25 context.

The 25th Conference of Parties (December 2019) was, thus, the right time for EU to show support to the United Nations. The postponement of the Nuclear shut down is a different debate in every country and it involves many actors at different levels. Together at COP25, UN and EU intend to convince the largest audience possible (from activists to other official bodies, nations, media, businesses or financials) that nuclear energy is a necessity, at least, on the short term.

Posts over time.

The tweet’s content.

Summary of time trends in support for nuclear energy

COP 25: Symbol of the increase in nuclear support?

The tweets collected showed that still many people stand against nuclear energy (60% of the data’s individuals), but their voice gets lost in the middle of the Twitter jungle.

Collected data. The 10 biggest posters / The 10 most followed accounts
Collected data. Top 3 Hashtags from each side.

Conclusion.

Nuclear Energy could be a reliable and relevant solution to meet short term CO2 emissions objectives. However, the national nuclear shut down laws and debates are still quite fresh in many people’s mind. Therefore, UN & EU have been portraying the nuclear energy postponement as a step backward that would enable a 100% renewable energies world in the future. On Twitter, they have been over-sharing their position which has led to a massive proportion of pro-nuclear tweets although it doesn’t really reflect the offline reality.

References:

Harvey, F., & Rankin, J. (2019). Proposed EU-wide “climate law” would set net-zero carbon target by 2050. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/29/first-eu-wide-climate-law-to-set-net-zero-carbon-target-by-2050

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