When I lived in Italy on an olive farm (that phrase must be said in a wistful voice), it was well known that Italy kept the truly best olive oil for domestic use, and exported the rest. That included oil that was imported from other countries, repackaged as Italian, but which no self-respecting Tuscan would use for anything other than mopping a floor.
Well that's not the only thing Italy exports that they won't have at home.
Not a single commercial nuclear reactor is operating in Italy. But guess what? Italian energy company ENEL is peddling nuclear power outside of Italy like bad olive oil.
Our colleagues were protesting in five Central European capitals today, accusing the Italian government of exporting nuclear risk to Slovakia, where ENEL is currently working to complete two reactors at the Soviet-designed Mochovce nuclear power plant.
Like the Czech Republic's Temelin nuclear plant, Mochovce was first drawn up by Czechoslovakia's communist government in the 1970s. It was a really bad year for nuclear reactors.
Jan Rovensky of Greenpeace told radio Czechia "It's a Soviet construction from the 70s, and this old project doesn't even have the containment that protects the reactor in case of accident. So we hope that even people who support nuclear energy should be against this project because it's really dangerous."
So how about it, nuclear energy supporters? If the argument goes that modern nukes are safe and that's why you support them, the logical conclusion is that older nukes are dangerous and ought to be opposed. What say we sit this one out and let you campaign against Mochovce, while we continue our efforts to let people know that nuclear energy is not an answer to climate change, and that we can achieve a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050 without it.