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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

 

2014: The best of times, the worst of times

Blog entry by Samit Aich | December 19, 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,...

LIMA COP 20: Hope and an opportunity for India

Blog entry by Abhishek Pratap | December 1, 2014

It’s that time of the year again when climate and its politics get prominence! Starting today and for the next two weeks, official negotiators, bureaucrats, technocrats, think-tanks, activists, civil society, corporate honchos, trade...

Sustaining with solar

Blog entry by Anand Prabu Pathanjali | November 3, 2014

Sustaining with solar Environmental conservation and protection are the foundation stones of environmentalists and environmental organizations. Preaching and practicing measures that will uphold these beliefs are a day-to-day...

We need a lot more than promises!

Blog entry by Manish Ram | September 25, 2014

Doubling India’s Wind and Solar capacities by 2020: India at the Climate Summit    Following the massive turnout in over 200 events at the people’s climate march, all eyes turn to the climate summit hosted by Ban Ki Moon in New...

The Largest Climate March in History is Coming to a City Near You

Blog entry by Pujarini Sen | September 17, 2014

What: The largest public demonstration demanding action on climate change is just 3 days away. When: The People's Climate March will take place on the 21st of September, 2014, just two days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki...

End to the solar eclipse in Delhi?

Blog entry by Neha Khator | September 5, 2014

So Delhi’s solar eclipse is finally receding. After two years of dilly-dallying and releasing a restrictive version of net-metering guidelines last November that clearly attempted to block the sun over the national capital, the Delhi...

Delhi Finally Starts Switching On The Sun

Blog entry by Pujarini Sen | August 15, 2014

Recent news shows a move towards energy self-sufficiency: but are we on the road to energy independence and equity yet?   For 2 years now Greenpeace India has campaigned in various ways for Delhi to switch on the sun. Delhi...

Dharnai Becomes a Lighthouse of Energy Independence

Blog entry by Pujarini Sen | August 14, 2014

Greenpeace India receives unparalleled political praise in Bihar   In 2012 Greenpeace India published a report called “e[r] cluster: for a smart energy access”, advocating a ‘bottom up’ grid expansion through cluster based...

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