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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.

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Students from Jalka village and Greenpeace

Image | May 4, 2009 at 3:30

Students from Jalka village and Greenpeace demand nothing short of an Energy [R]evolution to ensure energy security, jobs to tens of thousands of people and combat climate change.

A young girl is enthralled by one of the

Image | May 4, 2009 at 3:30

A young girl is enthralled by one of the fans and several computers, which will now be powered by the solar panels that Greenpeace installed at the Zilla Parishad School, Jalka village.

A few days back

Image | April 16, 2009 at 10:23

A few days back, students from Jalka experienced the benefits of electricity from solar energy, a source of clean, reliable, renewable energy. This is exactly what the villagers demanded of politicians they met in Delhi.

A few days back

Image | April 16, 2009 at 10:23

A few days back, students from Jalka experienced the benefits of electricity from solar energy, a source of clean, reliable, renewable energy. This is exactly what the villagers demanded of politicians they met in Delhi.

A few days back

Image | April 16, 2009 at 10:23

A few days back, students from Jalka experienced the benefits of electricity from solar energy, a source of clean, reliable, renewable energy. This is exactly what the villagers demanded of politicians they met in Delhi.

Villagers from power-starved Vidharbha meet political leaders in Delhi; Demand...

Feature story | April 14, 2009 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — Two weeks after calling on political parties to provide reliable energy to the power starved region of Jalka (Yavatmal district, Maharashtra), the representatives from Kalavati’s village made a trip to Delhi to raise issue of...

Climate and people first

Feature story | April 2, 2009 at 3:30

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — We've got a message for the leaders of the richest nations in the world who are gathering in London for the G20 meeting to discuss the global economic crisis.

India light bulb phase out: setting a smart example

Feature story | February 26, 2009 at 11:25

NEW DELHI, India — How many light bulbs can 1 billion people change? About 400 million wasteful incandescent bulbs, in India’s case.Today, India has put in place a market mechanism that will phase out incandescent bulbs, making way for a cleaner...

The Green Run

Feature story | February 20, 2009 at 4:30

BANGALORE, India — Greenpeace in collaboration with M.S. Ramaiah Institute for Management and Radio Indigo 91.9, is organizing 'The Green 'Run- Energy [R]evolution Now'- a 9 km marathon with the agenda of propagating a Citizen oriented Energy...

Why New Coal

Feature story | January 15, 2009 at 4:30

Coal is responsible for two-thirds of the CO2 emissions in India, and the single largest contributor to Global warming.

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