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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

 

Will Delhi set the trend for renewable energy in India?

Blog entry by Ignatius Thekaekara | May 3, 2013

Currently Delhi produces only 0.03% electricity from renewable sources. Installling solar panels across the Capital can increase this figure drastically. © Harikrishna Katragadda / Greenpeace With the onset of summer in Delhi come...

Delhi the worst performer in Renewable Energy: Greenpeace Report

Image | April 23, 2013 at 16:00

Titled 'Powering Ahead with Renewables: Leaders and Laggards', the report is a comprehensive assessment on the Renewable Purchase Obligation of the states in India. Out of 29 states, 22 failed to meet their Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO)...

Twenty two states fail to meet their Renewable Purchase Obligation

Feature story | April 23, 2013 at 11:39

Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week promised to double India’s renewable energy capacity by 2017, the country’s present commitments on clean energy have remained unfulfilled.

Renewable energy a reality in some states, still a pipe dream in others

Blog entry by Neha Khator | April 22, 2013

When planning for a vacation, we all scout for locations that are green and serene. We all want to enjoy the fruits of nature but when it comes to rescuing and fighting for it, we tend to look the other way. This I realized while...

Powering Ahead with Renewables

Publication | April 22, 2013 at 14:30

In the backdrop of a persistent power crisis and raging coal scam, Greenpeace today released its assessment report on Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) titled “Powering Ahead with Renewables: Leaders and Laggards”, which ranks performance of...

Coming together to stop nuclear weapons

Blog entry by Jen Maman | March 25, 2013

Earlier this month, more then 130 governments, UN agencies and the global Red Cross Movement met in Oslo at the invitation of the Norwegian government, to discuss the humanitarian, environmental and developmental consequences of...

No water for drought-hit Maharashtra as thermal power plants prosper

Blog entry by Swati Mehta | March 22, 2013

Water was over. The sun was beating down our backs and a red-yellow, dried, mountain trail was around us. Our trek should have ended before sunrise, it was mid-day now. The desperate need for water was terrifying. Luckily we knew we'd...

Hope from Fukushima

Blog entry by Junichi Sato, ED Greenpeace Japan | March 11, 2013

As we mark the second memorial of the March 11, 2011 triple disaster, we see tragedy, but also hope in Japan. While people mourn for the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and children that were lost in the earthquake and...

Four things you should know about the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Blog entry by Laura Kenyon | March 8, 2013

The Fukushima nuclear disaster that began on March 11, 2011 was a scary time for the whole world. Some early reports even warned about radiation being carried on the wind as far as the west coasts of the USA and Canada, and many...

Ending the nuclear weapons age

Feature story | February 15, 2013 at 15:30

The exact number of nuclear weapons situated across the world is shrouded in mystery, but whatever the number, North Korea's underground test this week is a grim reminder of the devastation and destruction these weapons could unleash.

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