Elon Musk calls on Europe to restart its nuclear power plants: “critical for international security”

Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk said on Sunday that Europe needed to restart its nuclear power plants for national and international security reasons.

“Hopefully it is now extremely clear that Europe should restart idle nuclear power plants and increase the power of existing ones,” Musk tweeted. “This is *critical* to national and international security.”

Musk said radiation fears were overblown. Demonstrating his commitment to the idea, Musk vowed to eat food grown locally near a nuclear power plant on TV.

“I did this in Japan many years ago, shortly after Fukushima,” he said. “The radiation risk is much, much lower than most people think.”

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Musk’s tweet comes just days after Russian troops, invading Ukraine, attacked the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the southeastern city of Enerhodar. Musk also called on the United States to drill more oil domestically, to offset Russia’s energy exports and their role in Putin’s ability to wage war on Ukraine.

Surveillance camera footage shows a flare landing at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during a bombardment in Enerhodar, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine, March 4, 2022, in this screen grab from a video obtained on social networks. (Zaporizhzhya CNP via YouTube/via REUTERS)

The attack on the Zaporizhzhia power plant sparked global alarm of a disaster that could eclipse the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986. Ukraine has 15 nuclear reactors at four power plants and was the scene of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

Meanwhile, the fighting in Ukraine has shaken global oil markets, with Europe poised to be hit the hardest. Germany has canceled Nord Stream 2, a multi-billion dollar pipeline that would have transported natural gas from Russia to Germany.

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The 764-mile pipeline is owned and operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Russian state-owned Gazprom.

On January 1, 2022, Germany shut down three of its last nuclear power plants.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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