42. ELECTRICITY IN FRANCE
The electricity stats from France in 2002 (figures in billion kilowatt-hours):
Net generation: 528.6
Conventional thermal: 49.0
Net consumption: 414.7
This is extraordinary. As you can see, France can already meet 100% of its electricity needs with nuclear power. Fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal) have no relevance whatsoever to the electrical grid in France.
Coal use in France is very low, and has been mostly replaced by nuclear. Any remaining coal usage for fuel can be easily eliminated, as the stats show, so France only needs a small amount of coal for industrial uses like coke.
The French do use a great deal of oil, but undoubtedly most of that is for fueling private automobiles which are not strictly necessary. Transport within France can be shifted to the nuclear powered rail system. The only remaining uses which cannot immediately be phased out would be industrial feedstocks, local trucking, and agricultural machinery.
Finally, France uses a large amount of gas, but that too can be shifted to nuclear. Heat can be supplied electrically, or through direct nuclear process heat for industry.
Let's face it. France is not going to collapse due to energy problems. So how is civilization going to collapse if France doesn't collapse? Are we supposed to believe that the Americans will be eating each other, and the British will be implementing Pol Pot style depopulation pogroms, while the French go their merry way, gloating and watching the whole thing on TV??? I don't think that's possible. The Anglos will cheerfully march through hell to avoid collapse, simply because France isn't collapsing, and they hate the French.