Don’t nuke the climate, say clean energy groups

Clean energy groups from all over the world have launched an international campaign to ensure nuclear energy is not part of climate talks. The ‘Don’t Nuke the Climate Campaign’ aims […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Clean energy groups from all over the world have launched an international campaign to ensure nuclear energy is not part of climate talks.

The ‘Don’t Nuke the Climate Campaign’ aims to ensure negotiators at the COP21 climate conference in Paris will back clean energy “and not to listen to the false promises of the nuclear energy lobby”.

Groups such as World Information Service on Energy (WISE), French Sortir du Nucleaire and US-based Nuclear Information and Resource Service have joined the campaign.

They have launched a petition to energy world leaders to support the nuclear-free and carbon-free path.

Peer de Rijk, Director of WISE said: “Under the expiring Kyoto Protocol, nuclear energy is rightly excluded from the possible solutions available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Yet the nuclear industry, in collaboration with certain nations, is lobbying for their dangerous and polluting technology to be sold as a climate-friendly option during the Climate COP21 this year.

“We are calling on 1,000 civil society organisations to join us for a campaign to block the nuclear industry’s lobby activities at COP21 and instead ensure the world chooses clean energy. It is the only real climate solution.”