Preceding next year’s general elections, nuclear energy is once again a focal point of political debate in Sweden, after a television debate on Sunday made apparent that liberal-conservative Moderates, Christian Democrats, Liberals and Sweden Democrats would be ready to build new nuclear capacity once in power. The consumption of electricity is expected to increase by 75% in the next 30 years and next to wind and hydrogen, there may be need for additional zero-emission sources like nuclear. In a 1980 referendum 41 years ago, Sweden turned down the use of nuclear energy, proposing for all nuclear power plants to shut down by 2010. This decision was abandoned in 1997 however, and currently around half of the country’s energy is nuclear.
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