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Action at nuclear plant to protest possible end to Sweden’s nuclear phase-out

Activists call for continued nuclear phase-out in Sweden

Pressmeddelande - 14 juni, 2010
More than 30 Greenpeace activists today entered Sweden’s Forsmark nuclear plant to peacefully demand Sweden's parliament vote ‘No’ on June 17 to new nuclear reactors. The historic vote may end Sweden’s current 30 year commitment to a nuclear phase-out.

Greenpeace-aktivister, utklädda till förnybara energislag som sol, vind och vatten, tar sig över staketen och in på området kring Forsmarks kärnkraftverk. Aktivisterna skickar en tydlig signal till Sveriges riksdagsledamöter inför kärnkraftsomröstningen den 17 juni: att öppna för ny, dyr, farlig kärnkraft skulle vara att begå ett historiskt misstag. Rösta nej!

“The Swedish parliament is risking the country’s reputation and position as a progressive leader in clean and safe energy development. All the evidence shows that nuclear power is a dangerous, expensive and dead-end distraction from the real solutions to climate protection and energy security. Reactors are standing in the way of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs”, said Ludvig Tillman, energy campaigner for Greenpeace Nordic.

In early 2009, the Swedish Cabinet, including the traditionally anti-nuclear Centre Party, agreed to scrap the nuclear phase-out Act and lift the ban on new nuclear power. Following this, a bill will be voted on in the national parliament this Thursday, June 17.

“The world is watching. Swedish parliamentarians must let reason guide their choice rather than propaganda from the nuclear industry and vote NO to nuclear power on June 17”, Tillman added.
At 08:30 this morning 40 activists, dressed as renewable energy sources, such as the sun, wind and water, entered the Forsmark nuclear power plant, north of Uppsala, Sweden. Two paragliders also circled the plant with banner messages demanding Swedish politicians ‘Vote no to new nuclear power’.

“The reality in many countries is that reactors are hugely expensive, construction is often delayed massively due to safety concerns and technical complications, and there is still no solution to deadly nuclear waste,” says Jan Beránek, nuclear campaigner at Greenpeace International.

As the International Energy Agency’s report [1] concludes, even thousand new reactors globally only would reduce fossil fuels dependency by less than four percent, and even that would take several decades to happen. In contrast, the recently launched Energy Revolution report [2] shows how the world can meet its energy demand without nuclear power by scaling up renewable energy sources and efficiency. These can not only provide affordable and safe energy supply, but create millions of sustainable jobs and modernize our economies.

[1] Energy Technology Perspectives 2008, IEA/OECD, Paris 2008.
[2] Energy [R]evolution 2010, Greenpeace

Contacts

, Energy Campaigner
, Nuclear Energy Project Leader, Greenpeace International

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