Purple Diary

[June 14 2011]

Italy says No to nuclear energy!

The anti-nuclear movement won a fantastic victory on Monday referendum
when around 94% of voters rejected Silvio Berlusconi’s plans for a
return to nuclear energy. The clear and definitive rejection of Italy’s nuclear revival marks a turning point in Europe after German decision to stop nuclear program too. In a referendum in 1987, Italians already voted to close the country’s nuclear plants. Mr. Berlusconi pushed hard to restart the nuclear program, using French technology. Construction was supposed to start in 2015. “We shall have to say goodbye to nuclear,” Mr. Berlusconi said at a press conference in Rome. He promised that his government would push renewable energy instead. The Italian referendum victory shows to the world that we can stop nuclear energy and get out of this nightmare. Text Jeffrey Byrnes

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