– I think you become more interested in the future as you get older, says businessman Trond Mohn.
Last summer, he founded Norsk Kjernekraft AS with the goal of building small modular reactors in Norway.
– A year ago, no one was talking about nuclear energy. Now it’s on a lot of people’s lips and wait, in a year’s time maybe 70 percent will be in favor of nuclear power, Mohn believes.
The 80-year-old billionaire has always been a known supporter of the Labor Party. In this matter, the Progressive Party is its closest ally among political parties.
In recent months, the Conservative Party and the KrF have also opened up that nuclear power could be a future possibility for Norway.
– Did you imagine a few years ago that you would become a supporter of the Progressive Party?
– I am a supporter of common sense. When Fremskrittspartiet takes this view, I become an indirect supporter, but I’m proud of it, says Mohn.
He believes it is now a matter of gaining more knowledge about nuclear power in Norway.
– I think it goes without saying that the Research Council should support such research, says Trond Mohn.
You will be looking at nuclear energy
Today, it is not possible to apply to the Research Council for research funding in the field of nuclear energy. Last week, Fremskrittspartiet made a representative motion calling for this limitation to be removed.
– We believe that nuclear power in Norway should be researched because we need more adjustable power in the future. I have no confidence that wind and solar will meet our energy needs, says party leader Sylvie Listaug.
She believes that research and investigation have never hurt anyone.
– I don’t understand what you’re afraid of. Nuclear power also requires much less land than wind power, Listog says, so there is less interference with nature.
Storr says no
She would hope that many parties, including Labor, would vote in favor of the motion, but that seems very unlikely.
We are a hydroelectric nation. We can use that more. In addition, we will develop solar and wind energy on land and at sea, says Jonas Gahr Store, leader of the Labor Party.
He believes that it is not right for Norway to invest in nuclear energy.
Our best energy experts don’t shine a light on nuclear energy when we ask how we should use our resources in the best possible way. Nuclear power is also expensive and takes a long time to build, Storr says.
The Labor Party’s position on nuclear power does not intimidate businessman Trond Mohn.
– We have to give them some time. Those who want clean wind and sun power should not be beheaded, Mohn says.
He believes Norway can try all options.
– So I think that in a few years you will see that nuclear energy is the best, says Trond Mohn.
He believes much of the opposition to nuclear power is due to prejudice.
– People remember Chernobyl and Fukushima. It must be remembered that these are conventional nuclear power plants where the efficiency is 2% and the loss is 98%. With new devices, it’s the opposite, with 98 percent efficiency and 2 percent waste, says Mohn.
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