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Authors

Michel Damian

Abstract

The decline in nuclear power is profound, long-lasting and has been underway for some time- the break in the growth trend of nuclear energy goes back to the 1970s. Medium-term scenarios for the nuclear industry are thus becoming less and less ambitious and a relaunching of growth appears unimaginable for at least a generation. In the longer term, the internalization of environmental and social costs associated with all energy and industrial activities would appear to be a minimum prerequisite for the continuation of the nuclear option. The quest for a more sustainable form of economic development could be the last chance for nuclear energy and the lessons learned by the nuclear industry could themselves have something to contribute to the development of sustainability.

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