France debates energy law that would slash nuclear

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Paris – The French Senate is set to debate a bill on Tuesday that aims to cut the country's reliance on nuclear energy by 50% before 2025, and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The draft law, approved by France's lower house of parliament in October, includes a raft of legislative reforms aimed at reducing barriers to renewable energy development.

Pressure has been mounting on France to set an international example on climate change mitigation in the lead-up to a December UN climate summit in Paris.

The summit is seen as a key step for avoiding further environmental catastrophes that scientists have linked to increased carbon in the atmosphere due, in large part, to human-induced emissions.

The proposed bill, which aims to reduce France's carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, is set to face battles in a Senate controlled by conservatives looking to damage President Francois Hollande's newfound political momentum.

But France's lower house, the National Assembly, will have the ultimate say on the legislation, which could drastically change the country's energy sector.

France currently gets 75% of its electricity from its 58 nuclear reactors, 13% from hydropower and 4% from solar and wind, according to the Nuclear World Association.

The country is struggling to keep up with other European countries that have aggressively pursued renewable energy policies, including Germany, which derives 17% of its electricity from solar and wind power.

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