The people of Italy turned their back on nuclear power in a referendum 20 years ago. Good move. But an Italian company, with government backing, is only too happy to build a dangerous reactor over in Slovakia. We made a surprise appearance during the opening of the World Energy Congress to point out this hypocrisy.
Greenpeace activists make an unexpected appearance during the opening ceremony of the World Energy Conference.
ENEL is the Italian company engaged to complete the reactor in
Mochovce, Slovakia. Designed in the 1970s, the reactor lacks
crucial safety systems introduced elsewhere following the Chernobyl
disaster of 1986. The Italian government is the main shareholder
One thousand billion dollars
Two activists this evening unfurled a five by seven metre banner
reading "Stop Nuclear Madness - Energy Revolution Now" during the
opening ceremony of the World Energy Congress in Rome, Italy,
attended by Romano Prodi, Italian Prime Minister.
We're also critical of the conference organizer's plan to deal
with climate change. Their plan lets global warming carbon dioxide
emissions keep rising as late as 2030 before decreasing AND
proposes an expansion in nuclear power.
The costs of doubling the number of nuclear reactors around the
world could exceed one thousand billion dollars. Yet such a move
would fail to achieve any significant reduction in greenhouse gas
emissions. Instead, investments need to go into increasing
renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency.
"We have less than a decade to halt and reverse the trend of
growing emissions of greenhouse gases if we are to head-off the
worst impacts of climate change," said Jan Beranek, nuclear
campaigner at Greenpeace International, referring to recent
scientific warnings on global warming.
"It is time for a true energy revolution not the failed 'Alice
in Wonderland' nuclear dream of 'power too cheap to meter'," said
Luckily, we've got a better plan.
Revolution' scenario is a blueprint for preventing climate
change from reaching catastrophic proportions. Produced in
conjunction with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the European
Renewable Energy Council, the scenario shows that reliance on
existing energy technologies can halve global greenhouse emissions
while simultaneously phasing out nuclear energy. This would
compromise neither sustained economic growth nor fair access to
energy for people in developing countries.
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