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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

 

Greenpeace Welcomes Phasing Out Of Aging Coal Power Plants

Feature story | May 10, 2016 at 23:40

New Delhi 9th May 2016| Greenpeace India welcomed the Central Electricity Commission Chairman’s statement that indicated phasing out aging coal-fired power plants and called it a ‘step in the right direction’.

Hope in Bihar

Blog entry by Ashish Kothari | April 26, 2016

The state of Bihar is well-known for lagging behind in all economic and human development indicators. Recently, Ashish Kothari visited some areas in Bihar where interesting things are happening. Under progressive governance and...

Why Fossil Fuels Are A Gamble We Can No Longer Afford

Blog entry by Ravi Chellam | April 24, 2016

As nations gather to sign the Paris Agreement, does India have the will and conviction to achieve the shift to renewable energy? Global warming is not hysteria – it is for real. Fortunately, we did not really need actor Leonardo...

Fukushima Crisis Must Never Repeat Again!

Blog entry by Hozefa Merchant | March 10, 2016

Nuclear accidents do happen, more so when the planning and regulation process is exposed to industry influence. This is exactly what happened in Fukushima. The earthquake and the tsunami were just a trigger to an already compromised...

COP21: shows the end of fossil fuels is near, we must speed its coming

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | December 13, 2015

The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. There’s much in this deal that frustrates and disappoints me, but it still puts the fossil fuel industry squarely on the wrong side of history. Climate Action and...

10 Things to Do during Earth Hour

Blog entry by Raina De | March 27, 2015

Earth Hour is on March 28 from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Wondering what to do when you're switching off your lights? Here are some alternatives to switch on the fun!   1. Take some time with your love, have a candle light dinner. 2...

Delhi Shines, at Holy Family Hospital

Blog entry by Iqbal Munawwar and Sanchita Mahajan | February 4, 2015

In our fight for a cleaner and greener planet, victories are often far and few. It takes years for campaigns to bear fruit and for our volunteer community to see tangible results of their long and hard work.  On Saturday, January 31...

Obama and Modi want to sell nuclear power to India that is too dangerous and...

Blog entry by Hozefa Merchant, Sunanda Mehta & Jim Riccio | January 29, 2015

Only two new nuclear plants are being built in the US and even they are way over budget. The recent “breakthrough” in the nuclear talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama has raised more...

Nothing momentous in the Modi-Obama statement on climate change

Feature story | January 25, 2015 at 1:43

Greenpeace India expressed disappointment at the joint announcement by Prime Minister Modi and President Obama as it didn’t go beyond rhetoric and the usual platitudes.

2014: The best of times, the worst of times

Blog entry by Samit Aich | December 18, 2014

2014 has been a challenging year for Greenpeace India and our country's environment. Today, we are witnessing one of the gravest challenges in our history. In June 2014, an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report , leaked to the Indian media,...

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