Updated October 18, 2017
Environmental Progress is working with our friends and allies in South Korea to save its nuclear plants, and protect its valuable nuclear export business.
EP published a comprehensive report, "The High Cost of Fear," outlining the impacts of a proposed nuclear phase-out in South Korea. A copy of the report can be found here.
EP sent an open letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in in July 2017 urging him to reconsider his phase-out proposal given the importance of South Korea's nuclear program to protecting the climate.
EP wrote President Moon again in August warning of misinformation being spread by Greenpeace.
And in October, EP wrote the "citizens jury" created by President Moon to make a comprehensive case for saving the country's nuclear plants, and warning of misinformation from anti-nuclear groups.
Nuclear power is a key component to achieving peace with North Korea and improving relations among world powers.
Environmental Progress coordinated an open letter signed by Rhodes and climate scientists including Jim Hansen, urging peace talks.
South Korea is the world leader in nuclear.
South Korea's 25 nuclear reactors provide it with one third of its total electricity.
Nuclear capacity in the country was set to increase from 23 GWe to 38 GWe by 2029, but under newly elected President Moon Jae-in, South Korea plans to completely phase-out its nuclear sector by 2060.
Without nuclear, South Korea’s emissions would increase the equivalent of up to 27 million cars added to the road.
South Korea is the only remaining Western competitor with China and Russia for the export of nuclear technology. It is today finishing construction on a $20 billion contract to build four reactors in the United Arab Emirates