THE BENEFITS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY
The only clean, safe energy source capable of ensuring the continuation of our industrial
civilization while protecting the environment.
Energy conservation, solar electricity and wind turbines are quite incapable of satisfying the
needs of our industrial civilization. When the oil and gas run out – probably well before 2100 –
we will be left with two alternatives. Coal which will last for a few centuries and uranium which
is good for millenia.
The position of our not-for-profit international association is that nuclear power is clean, safe,
reliable and economically competitive. It emits no greenhouse gas, and uranium resources are
essentially inexhaustable. Fear of radiation due to nuclear power is quite unwarranted and nuclear
waste is manageable (the notorious ‘problem’ of nuclear waste is an artificial problem). We are of
course in favor of energy conservation and renewable energies but insist that they are inadequate
to meet the demands of our industrial civilization and a growing world economy or to satisfy the
aspirations of developing nations.
Our purpose is to promote the peaceful application of nuclear energy for its environmental
benefits, and it is our conviction that nuclear energy is totally green. Accordingly, our program
provides factual information on energy and the environment, especially to make sure that nuclear
energy is not set aside for essentially frivolous objections.
Founded ten years ago, after the publication of Bruno Comby’s book Un écologiste pour le
nucléaire, EFN now has over 8000 members and supporters in 56 countries. The book has
appeared in English, Romanian, Japanese and most recently in Chinese; Spanish, Italian and
Russian are in preparation or negotiation. The Association has a lecture bureau which delivers
about 100 presentations a year world-wide. EFN is a founding member of the World Nuclear
Association and recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Originally a French
association, EFN now has chapters in the USA, Canada, Poland