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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

 

The world is turning its back on nuclear power

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | December 2, 2011

That’s the key conclusion of the BBC’s poll into public attitudes towards nuclear power released last week. Conducted in 23 countries, the poll found that for only 22% of those people asked, “nuclear power is relatively safe and an ...

Taking charge: case studies of decentralised renewable energy projects in India

Publication | December 1, 2011 at 16:49

Taking Charge is a selection of case studies of small-scale, decentralised renewable energy systems in India in 2010. Each has two parts: the main story, which captures some of the remarkable human and social elements that have shaped these...

Tigers reach coal ministry's office

Image gallery | December 1, 2011

Nuclear follies: ignoring radiation ownership and ignoring earthquake risks

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | November 29, 2011

It never ceases to amaze us how far the nuclear industry will go to ignore its responsibilities, or to avoid protecting the public from the risks of radiation. Two new entries in the nuclear follies scrapbook demonstrate. Folly...

Bhaloo and Sheroo welcome you to Junglistan

Blog entry by Brikesh Singh | November 28, 2011

Bear necessities Life can be difficult for a bear, especially when you are in the city. You might be wondering what am I doing here and before you jump to any conclusions, let me tell you my story.  Firstly and most importantly...

Don’t Hack the Hippies: Nuclear giant EDF found guilty of spying on Greenpeace

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | November 11, 2011

As the great Mahatma Gandhi (nearly) said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they spy on you, then you win". That's pretty much the chain of events that lead to today's conviction by a French court of French...

A broken promise

Blog entry by Mrinmoy Chattaraj | November 3, 2011

It has been a disappointing 120 days since we met Bharti Airtel and its allied association Cellular Operator's Association in India (COAI). It was a regular day but there are questions that have kept its memory alive. The promise...

राजीव गांधी ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण योजना

Publication | October 18, 2011 at 17:26

मुख्य मंत्री नीतीश कुमार की राष्ट्री य विकास परिषद (एनडीसी) की आगामी बैठक की तैयारी के बीच ग्रीनपीस ने आज पटना में ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण पर ध्वीजवाही योजना राजीव गांधी ग्रामीण विद्युतीकरण योजना (आरजीजीवीवाई) पर अपनी राष्ट्री य रिपोर्ट जारी की।

An inside view of the RGGVY

Publication | October 18, 2011 at 17:05

In the backdrop of chief minister Nitish Kumar preparing for the upcoming National Development Council (NDC) meeting, Greenpeace today released its national report on the flagship rural electrification scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran...

No one dead

Blog entry by Karuna Raina | October 4, 2011

“No one dead.37 with physical injuries.2 workers with radiation burns.” – 2nd June, IAEA. As soon as the ongoing tragedy at Fukushima started, so started the coverage, unlike Chernobyl, where for days no one knew what happened. The...

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