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Greenpeace's Statement on the Finnish nuclear vote
by The Ovi Team
2010-07-02 09:06:54
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Helsinki, Finland, July 1, 2010: Finland’s parliament has lost any connection with the reality, at a time when the current reactor being built at Olkiluoto by French nuclear giant Areva is running at twice the original cost, and rising, and construction delays mean it is years behind scheduled.  Parliament’s decision to give permission for two more reactors is an economic disaster.

Faced with spiraling costs and never ending delays the smart move would be to both cancel the current reactor build, and not give the go ahead for two more.

The biggest hurdle to actually starting nuclear construction will be the investment decisions, expected in 2012.  Greenpeace calls upon shareholders of the companies TVO and Fennovoima to move quickly to make it clear to the companies that they will not allow any more money to be squandered on this absurd and bankrupt industry. It is time they made their voices heard and call for investment in 21st century green energy solutions.

The ongoing disaster that is Olkiluoto 3, shows that not only does nuclear energy block investments in renewable energies, but it is also a bottomless pit financially.

Olkiluoto 3 was supposed to be a bridging power solution to cover electricity needs while the transition to renewable energy gathers pace. Instead, it has served as an excuse for lacklustre policies on renewable energy, energy efficiency and emissions for a decade, resulting in a political lock-in on nuclear.

Greenpeace’s Energy [R]evolution is a realistic blueprint that demonstrates how the world can get from where we are now, to where we need to be in terms of phasing out fossil fuels, cutting CO2 while ensuring energy security and phase-out of nuclear energy. This includes illustrating how the world’s carbon emissions from the energy and transport sectors alone can peak by 2015 and be cut by over 80 percent by 2050.


Note from Thanos Kalamidas

Naturally the “representatives” of the environmentalists in Finland, the Green League voted NO just to keep voters happy – elections are coming soon – but didn’t dare to resign from the two ministerial seats in the government that will poisons the country. You see the thirty silver pieces are more valuable for the Finnish Green League than resigning which would be the responsible thing to do. But from that circus that embarrasses any environmental group what would you expect.


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