Quote of the Day

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Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, Canada

“Nuclear will play a key role in our clean energy strategy. And the reality is: nuclear is non-emitting. Nuclear energy displaces between 40 and 80 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually relative to producing the same quantity of electricity from gas or coal.

Canada has been a pioneer in the development of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Today our nuclear industry generates billions of dollars of economic activity and accounts for thirty thousand direct and indirect jobs…. One of the key phrases that you hear is that we’re undergoing a nuclear renaissance. It’s a form of electricity that is being embraced by many countries around the world.

At the International Energy Agency Meetings in Paris last week, leaders around the world re-stated what we have known for some time: without a significant increase in nuclear power, the world will be unable to meet required greenhouse gas reduction targets….

The nations of the world are responding to the challenges of climate change. Canada has developed many innovative technologies that will be vital in meeting those challenges. We are researching, developing and deploying many new technologies. But the nuclear technology that we did so much to pioneer a half century ago will remain at the forefront of the global quest for clean and reliable energy.”

Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, Canada