What are some myths about nuclear power

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[1] See Greenpeace (2014), Locked in the Past. Why Europe's Big Energy Companies Fear Change, Hamburg, p.3 / 4. [URL: http://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/20140227-report-_locked_in_the_past_-_why_europes_big_energy_companies_fear_change_0.pdf]

[2] Cf. RWE AG (2014), RWE with first net loss in 60 years, Essen. [URL: http://www.rwe.com/web/cms/de/37110/rwe/presse-news/pressemitteilungen/pressemitteilungen/?pmid=4010678]

[3] See E.on (2014), E.on Group in Figures, Düsseldorf. [URL: www.eon.com/content/dam/eon-com/ueber-uns/publications/eon_konzern_in_zahlen_fy_de_2013.xlsx]

[4] Spiegel Online (2014), E.on boss: Teyssen considers nuclear and coal power to be hardly profitable. [URL: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/e-on-chef-teyssen-haelt-atom-und-kohlestrom-fuer-kaum-profitabel-a-958458.html]

[5] Cf. Greenpeace (2014), p. 4 [URL: http://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/20140227-report-_locked_in_the_past_-_why_europes_big_energy_companies_fear_change_0.pdf]

[6] See Zeit Online (2014a), drilling until the bubble bursts. [URL: http://www.zeit.de/2014/08/carbon-bubble-rohstoff-blase]

[7] Cf. Kemfert, Claudia (2013), Kampf um Strom. Myths, Power and Metropolis, 3rd edition, Hamburg, p. 65ff.

[8] According to the first draft [URL: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9F6ub8wD7gqUVBPVEdvWG9WRWs/edit] of the EU Commission's subsidy report for energy markets, nuclear power plants were funded in 2011 with 35 million euros. For comparison: Renewable energies at the beginning of their product life cycle received funding of 30 billion euros. See Sueddeutsche.de (2013), Oettinger Schönt Subsidies Report [URL: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/foerderung-der-energiebranche-oettinger-schoent-subventionsbericht-1.1793957] In 2012, states such as the United Kingdom, France, Poland and the Czech Republic demand the permission of subsidies, for example for power plant construction, for all low-emission technologies, which according to the definition should also include nuclear energy and coal with carbon dioxide capture (CCS). Subsidies should be technology neutral. An example is the comment [URL: http://de.scribd.com/doc/89227104/UK-Comments-on-2050-Energy-Roadmap-to-EU-Commission-5] by the British government on the Energy Roadmap 2050 referred to the EU Commission. However, following public pressure, this initiative was initially buried. Cf. Spiegel Online (2012), EU states want subsidies for nuclear power [URL: http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/eu-staat-haben-gend-subventionen-fuer-atomkraft-a-827295.html] and Umweltinstitut München (2013), Success: EU nuclear subsidy prevented [URL: http://umweltinstitut.org/radioaktivitat/aktion/verbindungen_eu_atomsubvention_steuergeld-989.html.

[9] See Federal Network Agency (2014), determination of the remuneration rates for photovoltaic systems according to § 32 EEG for the calendar months February 2014, March 2014 and April 2014, Bonn. [URL: http://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/DE/Sachgebiete/Energie/Unternehmen_Institutionen/ErneuerbareEnergien/Photovoltaik/Datenmeldung/EEGVerg_FebApril2014.xls?__blob=publicationFile&v=2]

[10] In the USA, for example, the price of one kilowatt hour of solar power almost halved between 2010 and 2013 from 21 dollar cents to 11 cents. See US Department of Energy (2014), U.S. Utility-Scale Colar 60 Percent Towards Cost-Competition Goal, Washington D.C .. [URL: http://energy.gov/articles/us-utility-scale-solar-60-percent-towards-cost-competition-goal].

[11] Cf. Thomas, Steve (2012), Economics of Nuclear Energy, in: Focus: The Journal of the Helen Suzman Foundation, Vol. 64, p. 49. [URL: http://gala.gre.ac. uk / 7728/1 / PrfSThomas64.pdf]

[12] See Kemfert (2013), p. 65.

[13] Cf. Deutsche Welle (2014), Hendricks visits the controversial nuclear waste storage facility Asse. [URL: http://www.dw.de/hendricks-besucht-umstrittenes-atomm%C3%BCllager-asse/a-17473164] as well as von Hirschhausen, Christian / Reitz, Felix (2014), nuclear power: obsolete model with unsolved repository issue , in: DIW weekly report, 13/2014, p.274. [URL: http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.441191.de/14-13.pdf]

[14] Cf. Tagesschau.de (2014), Das Trillionen-Dollar-Desaster. [URL: http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/millionengrab-atomkraft100.html]

[15] The Polish State Geological Institute PIG expects only a technically recoverable amount of shale gas of 34 to 76 billion cubic meters. This is a significant decrease from initial estimates of 5 trillion cubic meters. Numerous international corporations have already withdrawn from shale gas exploration in Poland, including ExxonMobile. See Klimaretter.info (2013), Poland misjudges fracking. [URL: http://www.klimaretter.info/wirtschaft/nachricht/13637-polen-verschaetzt-sich-beim-fracking]

[16] Cf. Eberhardt, Pia / Feodoroff, Timothé / Lui, Emma et al. (2013), The right to say no: EU-Canada trade agreement threatens fracking bans, p. 2. [URL: http://www.tni.org/sites/www.tni.org/files/download/ceta- fracking-briefingen.pdf]

[17] See The Guardian (2014), The truth about David Cameron's fracking fairytale. [URL: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/26/truth-david-cameron-fracking-fairytale-shale-gas?CMP=twt_gu]

[18] Cf. a. O.

[19] See Hughes, David J. (2013), Drill, Baby, Drill. Can unconventional fuels usher in a new era of energy abundance? Santa Rosa, pp. 50 and 73. [URL: http://www.postcarbon.org/reports/DBD-report-FINAL.pdf]