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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

 

British scientist blames James Bond villain for unpopularity of nuclear power

Blog entry by Justin McKeating | January 16, 2012

Well, now we know; the reason for widespread public distrust of nuclear power is because way back in 1962, Dr No - the evil scientist in the James Bond film of the same name - built a nuclear reactor on a Jamaican island and used it...

Republic of Junglistan becomes a star attraction

Blog entry by Swati Mehta | January 13, 2012

If you are not a citizen of Junglistan yet, you are missing out on a lot of things. For one thing is certain, the Republic of Junglistan is a country that never sleeps. "Why this Koyla (coal) mining di?" Just before 2011...

The true cost of coal

Image gallery | January 10, 2012

The true cost of coal

Publication | January 10, 2012 at 13:16

Tonnes of coal is burnt to give us electricity. The extraction of this coal leaves behind a long trail of destruction. Soon, we will run out of this resource as well.

Victory! Facebook 'friends' renewable energy

Feature story | December 15, 2011 at 19:30

After 20 months of mobilising, agitating and negotiating to green Facebook, the Internet giant has today announced its goal to run on clean, renewable energy. More than 700,000 people from all over the world joined to make this victory possible!

"Minister Jaiswal, We are Watching!"

Blog entry by Preethi Herman | December 8, 2011

It was probably a regular morning for most other people, but for a bunch of us armed with tiger props and an agenda to meet Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, it was a roaring success! I am referring to the morning Greenpeace...

Campaign to save forests reaches the coal ministry's doorstep

Feature story | December 5, 2011 at 12:19

Anticipating high security and only a few minutes outside Shastri Bhawan, Greenpeace India activists successfully blocked the main gate of the Ministry of Coal office by placing 18 life size tigers chained to the gates. Three tiger mascots, 2...

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

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