DI reported yesterday that research is under threat from nuclear power plant closures, as scientists leave Sweden.
Liberal party leader Jan Björklund has reacted angrily, “In practice the government is reintroducing the “thought-ban” laws (Act from 1986 prohibiting construction of nuclear power stations – ed.) by strangling funding.”
Björklund wants to construct a new research reactor to study the fourth generation of nuclear power energy. Both the Moderates and Vattenfall’s CEO Magnus Hall are in agreement.
However the government dismisses the criticism. “We aim to be an eminent research nation, but it is not the government that controls in detail which research should be financed,” says Research Minister Helene Hellmark Knutsson (S). (DI: 11)