As the SA resumes the nuclear plan, critics and supporters argue over their clean energy references

South Africa plans to bring 2,500 MW of new nuclear energy to the grid sometime after 2030.

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As South Africa’s revitalized nuclear power plan progresses, questions about nuclear power’s green references have added another dimension to an already tense debate between nuclear power critics and proponents.

The debate reflects an international debate about where, if at all, nuclear power should be placed in the fight against climate change.

While nuclear power advocates say its 60-year history identifies it as a reliable source of low-carbon energy, critics say it adopts the mantle of clean energy, without the environmental impact of building nuclear power plants, the need to mine uranium, and nuclear waste.

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