Čína – budúcnosť je aj v jadrovej energii

K pokrytiu rastúceho dopytu po energii plánuje Čína v nasledujúcich 12 rokoch vybudovať 30 jadrových elektrární.

China plans to build 30 new nuclear power plants to supply its insatiable need for electricity in the next 12 years.

Just like everything it does, the country of a billion workers is moving into nuclear power in a big way. That means China will have to outlay 450 billion yuan. Based on the assumption that it will continue its adherence to the dollar in the next decade, that’s about $61 billion to make China one of the leading nuclear energy countries in the world.

And unlike Western countries, China’s ambitious plans have a pretty good chance of being met (ah, the efficiency of a totalitarian regime). It’s amazing what you can get done when opposition is punishable by death and banks can be ordered to lend you money.

China is using its old beg-and-steal strategy for the nuclear power market, too. The country is buying the technology to develop those power plants from two Western companies: France’s Areva (CEI: Paris) and Pennsylvania-based Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

The Chinese have already started showing off their strict safety standards when it comes to handling their radioactive toys. And both Westinghouse and Areva have sworn those standards are being followed with solemn pomp and circumstance. But nobody has broached the topic of where exactly all of that nuclear waste is going to go.

Mattel may soon be selling “Nuclear Meltdown Barbie.” She comes complete with glowing, peeling green skin and a Geiger counter.