Elon Musk urges Europe to restart its nuclear power plants: “critical to international security”

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Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk said on Sunday that Europe must restart its nuclear power plants for the sake of national and international security.

“I hope it is now clear that Europe needs to restart dormant nuclear power plants and increase the capacity of existing ones,” Musk tweeted. “This is *critical* to national and international security.”

Musk said the fears of radiation are exaggerated. Demonstrating his commitment to the idea, Musk vowed to eat local food near the nuclear power plant on TV.

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


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

Ukraine Nuke Plant

Surveillance camera footage shows a flare landing at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant during a shelling attack in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ukraine on March 4, 2022, in this screenshot from a video obtained from social media. (Zaporozhye NPP via YouTube/via REUTERS)

The attack on the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant sparked global alarm over a disaster that could have eclipsed 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 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Meanwhile, the fighting in Ukraine has upended global oil markets, and Europe could be hit the hardest. Germany has canceled Nord Stream 2, the multi-billion dollar natural gas pipeline that brought natural gas from Russia to Germany.


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

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.