These guys make a lot of current world leaders look like nuclear industry shills or cowards.
Nuclear energy ‘not the solution to global warming’
March 26, 2007 (AFP via Yahoo News)
Environment ministers from Austria, Iceland, Ireland and Norway
In a joint statement, the four ministers from the non-nuclear countries said the "inherent risks and problems associated with the nuclear energy option remain and it can not therefore claim to be a clean alternative to fossil fuel use."
The statement was made following a meeting on Monday, March 26, 2007.
- Health and environment risks associated with nuclear energy reach beyond borders and governments in countries with nuclear power need to ensure that other countries' concerns are considered.
- International liability protections for the nuclear industry do not provide full compensation for potential damage and injury and this constitutes a hidden subsidy, according to the ministers.
- The problem of nuclear waste remains intractable. There is no long-term solution.
"…for Ireland, Iceland, Norway, and Austria, we voice serious concern that nuclear energy is being presented as a solution to climate change…It is our collective view that the current debate seeks to downplay the environmental, waste, proliferation, nuclear liability and safety issues and seeks to portray nuclear energy as a clean, safe and problem free response to climate change."
- "Nuclear waste reprocessing…has long since lost its lustre and today the industry remains economically and environmentally untenable."