No Nukes, Clean Energy Now

Feature story - November 30, 2007
Hundreds of people formed human wind turbines on the site of the proposed nuclear power plant in Central Java to oppose nuclear energy and demand for clean renewable energy. The crew of Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior joined the community members and activists from KRATON (the Anti-Nuclear People’s Coalition) in a festive performance where hundreds of people emulated the rotating blades of a wind farm.

Hundreds of people stood together to create an image of " Clean Energy Now with a human wind turbine" on the site of a proposed nuclear power plant in the town of Muria . The Indonesian government is forging ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant in the shadow of a dormant volcano despite mounting opposition from residents and enviromental groups.

30 November 2007, Central Java (Indonesia). Hundreds of people stood together to create an image of " Clean Energy Now with a human wind turbine" on the site of a proposed nuclear power plant in the town of Muria . The Indonesian government is forging ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant in the shadow of a dormant volcano despite mounting opposition from residents and enviromental groups.

Hundreds of people stood together to create an image of " Clean Energy Now with a human wind turbine" on the site of a proposed nuclear power plant in the town of Muria . The Indonesian government is forging ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant in the shadow of a dormant volcano despite mounting opposition from residents and enviromental groups.

Hundreds of people stood together to create an image of " Clean Energy Now with a human wind turbine" on the site of a proposed nuclear power plant in the town of Muria . The Indonesian government is forging ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant in the shadow of a dormant volcano despite mounting opposition from residents and enviromental groups.

Hundreds of people stood together to create an image of " Clean Energy Now with a human wind turbine" on the site of a proposed nuclear power plant in the town of Muria . The Indonesian government is forging ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant in the shadow of a dormant volcano despite mounting opposition from residents and enviromental groups.

The Indonesian nuclear energy agency, BATAN, is forging ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power plant in the shadow of Mount Muria despite mounting opposition from residents and environmental groups.

"Nuclear power is a distraction. Its potential is too limited, it is too costly and it takes too long to deliver. It adds to problems of radioactive waste disposal and undermines international security by fuelling nuclear weapons proliferation" said Nur Hidayati, Climate and Energy Campaigner of Greenpeace South East Asia.  "There are cheaper, safer and more efficient alternatives in the form renewable energy to meet growing energy demands to further Indonesia's economic and social developments."

Hardly any of the current 435 commercial nuclear reactors in operation worldwide have been built within the planned time frames or budgets, according to Greenpeace. Nuclear energy prices can only become competitive through subsidies and by externalizing environmental costs of uranium mining and fuel production.

"Indonesia is an earthquake prone country. We fear that the slightest tremor or volcanic activity could trigger a nuclear disaster. The consequences of a radioactive leak could prove disastrous for Java, home to 100 million Indonesians. We want clean renewable energy not nuclear energy" said Setiawan Sumedi, spokesperson of Koalisi Rakyat tolak PLTN (Kraton) from Balong.

The newly-released Energy [R]evolution Indonesia report by Greenpeace, the Engineering Center University of Indonesia and European Renewable Energy Council shows that Indonesia can produce more than 60 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2050 making the country less dependent on imported fossil fuels or nukes. It also indicates that renewable energy could result in into cheaper electricity for Indonesia.

"The only barrier to this is a lack of policy that will level the playing field between conventional energy sources and renewable energy options. The development of a climate-friendly electricity supply sector is characterized by an increasing share of renewable electricity and more effective energy efficiency measures."

Sven Teske

Renewable Energy expert, Greenpeace International

"The only barrier to this is a lack of policy that will level the playing field between conventional energy sources and renewable energy options. The development of a climate-friendly electricity supply sector is characterized by an increasing share of renewable electricity and more effective energy efficiency measures," said Sven Teske, Renewable Energy expert of Greenpeace International.

Greenpeace is calling upon the Indonesian government to embrace a low-carbon alternative for the development of its energy sector ahead of the United Nations Climate change conference in Bali.

Indonesia will host the UN Conference on Climate Change from Dec. 3-16 where world governments will agree on measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change. Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, is in Indonesia to bring the message of urgency for climate action, starting with a global energy revolution.

Indonesia will host the UN Conference on Climate Change from December 3-16 where world governments will agree to begin negotiations on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change. Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, is in Indonesia to bring the message of urgency for climate action, starting with a global energy revolution and an end to deforestation.

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