Center Compromise on Reactors

Sweden’s four center-right opposition parties have reached agreement on energy policy, promising not to close or to build any new nuclear power stations should they win the September elections.

The move marks a retreat by the Center Party, which has long been anti-nuclear, and earlier backed the Social Democrat government in shutting down two of Sweden’s 12 reactors.

In 1980 Swedes voted in a referendum to close all the reactors here, and the phase-out has been ratified by parliament twice. The opposition parties have also agreed to end the current government’s policies shifting taxation to make polluting more expensive.

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