India Announces More Nuclear Reactors, Reducing CO2 Emissions

India will build 10 new nuclear reactors that will more than double its current nuclear power output, India Power Minister Piyush Goyal announced. The announcement confirmed the nation’s commitment to dependable, on-demand, emissions-free power.

Coal currently generates a majority of India’s electricity. However, government officials have pledged that India will generate 40 percent of its power from emissions-free sources by 2030. India currently has 22 nuclear reactors with a capacity of 6,780 megawatts (MW) of power. The 10 new reactors will provide another 7,000 MW of capacity.

India's Taj Mahal. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

India’s Taj Mahal. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

India emits the fourth-most carbon dioxide emissions in the world and is expected to overtake Russia this decade. India’s commitment to nuclear power will allow the rapidly developing nation to continue its strong economic growth while simultaneously reducing its per-capita greenhouse gas footprint.

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, India Additional Secretary Susheel Kumar said wind and solar power are too expensive and not reliable enough to meet India’s desire to reduce its projected carbon dioxide footprint. Kumar said other developing nations should follow India’s lead and turn to nuclear power to provide affordable, clean energy.

The environmental impact of nuclear power is similar to solar power and superior to wind power, a full-spectrum environmental impact analysis shows. Unlike wind and solar power, nuclear power is affordable and not dependent on the vagaries of breezes and cloud cover.

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