The European Commission must still propose specific legislation for the European Parliament to pass. But this morning's deal is a sign that the necessary political compromises and understandings are in place.
An analysis by Greenpeace Energydesk showed that while natural gas covered 44 percent of the energy generation left by the fall of coal, it only contributed to 30 percent of the ensuing drop in carbon emissions.
According to the announcement, the new reactors would generate 100 megawatts a piece and fit on a semi-trailer flatbed. But the deadline for using nuclear power to fight global warming may have already past.