Macron’s fight against climate change leaves grid exposed

Macron’s fight against climate change leaves grid exposed

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will close all coal and nuclear power plants, but in doing so could leave thousands of people without power.

In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Macron said the fight against climate change would be one of his five economic pillars of reform.

However, the aggressive action he is taking could leave the French energy grid vulnerable, as France also passed legislation not to extent oil and gas drilling permits beyond 2040, which it is hugely dependent on for energy.

Last November, France had to import coal power from Britain in order to fulfil its energy demands, due to 19 of its ageing nuclear reactors being offline.

Meanwhile, researchers in Britain have found that the UK’s reliance in renewable energy has increased the risk of losing energy due to the dependence green energy has on unpredictable weather.

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