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Nuclear energy is unsafe

Greenpeace opposes nuclear power because it poses unacceptable risks to people and the environment. Nuclear power plants cost millions, are unsustainable, and take decades to build. India must recognise this, and build its energy future on renewable sources and energy efficiency.

The truth about nuclear power

Many myths surround nuclear energy. That it will provide energy security; that it provides a solution to climate change;that it is affordable; that it heralds a new age of energy generation that will plug India’s energy deficit. All of these are false. Most crucially, the notion that it is safe is also false.

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Damage at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant In Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The damage was caused by an offshore earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on 11 March 2011.  © DigitalGlobe

Nuclear energy is an extortionately expensive and unacceptably risky method of power generation.  All power plants are vulnerable to human error, natural disasters and design failure.  The difference with nuclear is that the risk of an accident carries with it terrible and long-lasting consequences, which are vastly disproportionate to the power generated.  Apart from the risk of accidents, each power plant also creates a legacy of radioactive waste that will remain harmful for hundreds – and sometimes thousands - of years.  There is still no proper solution for the storage of this waste.

Power and electricity are services, intended to improve people’s lives. They are not tools to endanger lives or compromise health, as they become through nuclear power generation.

In India, the risks of nuclear power are made greater by the secrecy that shrouds the industry, and the unwillingness of authorities to heed citizens’ concerns. Greenpeace calls for a complete and transparent safety review of existing and proposed nuclear plants in India, and a review of India’s nuclear ambition with a refocus to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The latest updates

 

On the ‘Global Day of Action on Climate Change’

Image | December 8, 2008 at 14:46

On the ‘Global Day of Action on Climate Change’ Greenpeace highlighted the threat from global warming to the river Ganga and pointed out that the solution is a global Energy [R]evolution that called for efficient use of energy and a shift away...

On the 'Global Day of Action on Climate Change'

Image | December 6, 2008 at 4:30

On the 'Global Day of Action on Climate Change' Greenpeace highlighted the threat from global warming to the river Ganga and pointed out that the solution is a global Energy [R]evolution that called for efficient use of energy and a shift away...

Electronics companies have poor policy to combat climate change: Greenpeace's latest...

Feature story | June 25, 2008 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — Out of the 22 electronics companies, only Sony-Ericsson and Sony score above 5/10 in the latest version of the Greenpeace Ranking Guide to Greener Electronics, while the overall score on global scale has plummeted as Greenpeace...

2007 review

Feature story | January 8, 2008 at 15:29

Like many of you around the world, we also like to take time at the beginning of the new year to look back at the one just passed, to toast its high points and to regret its lows, to take stock and to look forward to the possibilities and...

Wind Turbines and Warning Shots

Feature story | December 7, 2007 at 9:37

Governments meet in Bali this week to agree an action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to stop climate change from inflicting severe impacts. The Rainbow Warrior is in Indonesia to add urgency to our call for climate action. Our activists...

Day three of coal plant protest

Feature story | October 4, 2007 at 3:30

BOXBERG, Germany — Since Monday, activists have taken action against the construction site for the Boxberg new coal-fired power plant in eastern Germany. Their demand is simple; the owner company, Vattenfall, must stop building dirty coal plants...

The second biggest nuclear disaster in history

Feature story | October 3, 2007 at 17:48

Everybody knows that the biggest nuclear catastrophe in history was Chernobyl. But how many have heard of the second biggest? Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of a radiation nightmare.

The second biggest nuclear disaster in history

Feature story | October 3, 2007 at 3:30

Everybody knows that the biggest nuclear catastrophe in history was Chernobyl. But how many have heard of the second biggest? Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of a radiation nightmare.

Earthquake, fire and nuclear leak in Japan

Feature story | July 23, 2007 at 13:10

KASHIWAZAKI, Japan — A 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the world's largest nuclear plant on Monday, causing a transformer fire. Since then, revelations have been coming out about spills and leaks at the plant.

The scene at earthquake

Image | July 18, 2007 at 4:30

The scene at earthquake-ravaged Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant.

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