GE Chief: Nuclear 'hard to justify'



 文中にある「シェールガスshale gas)」とは、「泥岩の中の天然ガス」のことで、以前からその存在は知られていたが、井戸堀技術もすすみ、採算がとれるようになった天然ガスのこと。

GE Chief: Nuclear 'hard to justify'

By Pilita Clark,
July 30, 2012 -- Updated 0740 GMT (1540 HKT)

(Financial Times) -- Nuclear power is so expensive compared with other forms of energy that it has become "really hard" to justify, according to the chief executive of General Electric, one of the world's largest suppliers of atomic equipment.

"It's really a gas and wind world today," said Jeff Immelt, referring to two sources of electricity he said most countries are shifting towards as natural gas becomes "permanently cheap".

"When I talk to the guys who run the oil companies they say look, they're finding more gas all the time. It's just hard to justify nuclear, really hard. Gas is so cheap and at some point, really, economics rule," Mr Immelt told the Financial Times in an interview in London at the weekend. "So I think some combination of gas, and either wind or solar ... that's where we see most countries around the world going."

Mr Immelt's comments underline the impact on the global energy landscape of the US shale gas revolution, Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown and falling prices for some types of renewable power.