Greenpeace occupied a construction site in Belene, Bulgaria, today with a simple message: the answer to dangerous climate change is not a dangerous, polluting nuclear power plant built in an earthquake zone.
Activists opposing the construction of the Belene nuclear plant. The US$3 billion cost of the plant would be much better spent on energy efficiency and wind power.
More than 50 activists from Bulgaria and across Europe occupied
theconstruction site of the nuclear plant, which iscosting Bulgaria
US$ 3 billion and promises amountain of hazardous nuclear waste
that nobody knows what to dowith.
Even worse, the energy that the plant is designed to produce
couldeasily be replaced by much cheaper energy efficiency measures
and byexploiting Bulgaria's bountiful wind resources for clean
Winner and losers
Big business will be the only winners from the construction of
theplant while the local communities will have to deal with
The plant is being built in a known earthquake zone.
AlbenaSimeonova, a Goldman-award winning environmentalist, is
leading thelocal opposition. She has been threatened and survived a
suspectedattempt on herlife.
Speaking from the occupation she said she was delighted to see
the powerfulforces behind the plant construction under
Energy Revolution Tour
currently touringcountries in central and eastern Europe to
promote a clean energyrevolution away from dirty fossil fuels and
dangerous nuclear powertowards clean energy. Energy efficiency,
wind, solar, and biomass arethe solutions that will help avert
catastrophic global climate change. Nuclear power is a dangerous
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