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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

 

"MoP"-ping Up the Mess!

Feature story | November 28, 2005 at 16:53

BANGALORE, India — When politicians from around the world meet next week to talk about climate change, young people who will have to live with the consequences of their action or inaction will be nearby, ready to give them a nudge in the right...

Enormous climate fig leaf

Feature story | August 17, 2005 at 17:20

Top climate bad guys, the US and Australian governments, have unveiled their own shiny new pact to allegedly save the climate. Our climate guru Stephanie Tunmore exposes the announcement for what it really is.

No More Hiroshimas

Feature story | August 3, 2005 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — Anniversaries come and go. They mean very little to most of us. Most of the time they evoke nothing more than exasperation at the sight of a few people standing at a busy traffic island desperately trying to keep a few candles...

The renewable energy truck

Image | June 7, 2005 at 16:34

The renewable energy truck

Message from a treetop by Naveen and Sherin

Image | June 7, 2005 at 3:30

Message from a treetop by Naveen and Sherin. While the songs from the trees raised concerns, the van demonstrated some viable alternatives, through the use of renewable energy.

The Answer's Blowing In The Wind

Feature story | May 10, 2005 at 3:30

BHUBANESHWAR, India — In a historic win for the clean energy movement, the Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has just thrown down the gauntlet for the giants of industry. Its directive, quite simply, compels GRIDCO and other...

Bob Hunter

Feature story | May 3, 2005 at 15:27

ONTARIO, Canada — Perhaps more than anyone else, Bob Hunter invented Greenpeace. His death today, of cancer, marks the passing of a true original, one of the heroes of the environmental movement.

Greenpeace petitions the OERC for Renewable Energy Uptake

Feature story | April 8, 2005 at 3:30

BHUBANESWAR, India — The Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) today heard the petition and arguments filed by Greenpeace, to ensure minimum of 10 percent of uptake of electricity from Renewable Energy sources in the state.

Feasibility of Renewable Energy Power in Orissa

Publication | April 5, 2005 at 3:30

Highlights of 2004

Feature story | January 2, 2005 at 4:30

As the year 2005 begins, it is time for us to take stock of the year that was, and bring you the highlights of our work and our victories. Although the Tsunami disaster has quite literally dwarfed everything else for now, it is nonetheless...

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