End of nuclear, says Berlusconi

Controversial Prime Minister, Silvio Burlusconi has said that it was likely Italy would scrap its nuclear energy programme. Speaking at a press conference in Rome he said: “Following the decision […]

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By Tom Gibson

Controversial Prime Minister, Silvio Burlusconi has said that it was likely Italy would scrap its nuclear energy programme.

Speaking at a press conference in Rome he said: “Following the decision the Italian people are taking at this moment, we must probably say goodbye to the possibility of nuclear power stations and we must strongly commit ourselves to renewable energy.”

Berlusconi’s government said its opponents had succeeded in getting more than 50% of the electorate to vote in one of four referendums, one of which was on nuclear power. 10% of Italy’s electricity currently comes from imported nuclear.