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Greenpeace crash nuclear party in Rome

How in earths name did they succeed with this one!?

Stop Nuclear Madness – Energy Revolution Now

Today Greenpeace activists made a visit to the World Energy Congress in Rome, Italy, to protest about the plans to continue allowing CO2 emissions to increase until year 2030 and the nuclear power expansion ideas. Two activists unfurled a five by seven metre banner reading "Stop Nuclear Madness – Energy Revolution Now" during the actual opening ceremony.

Update: Video and more after the jump.

The costs of doubling the number of nuclear reactors around the world could exceed one thousand billion dollars. Yet such a move would fail to achieve any significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, investments need to go into increasing renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency.

"We have less than a decade to halt and reverse the trend of growing emissions of greenhouse gases if we are to head-off the worst impacts of climate change," said Jan Beranek, nuclear campaigner at Greenpeace International, referring to recent scientific warnings on global warming.

"It is time for a true energy revolution not the failed ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ nuclear dream of 'power too cheap to meter'," said Beranek.

More about this on Greenpeace.org

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We have reached a time in our history where there is now little doubt that we are having a damaging effect on our environment. The most pressing of our problems being climate change. Every day we release millions and millions of tonnes of carbon into our atmosphere, the main culprits of course are fossil fuels. Our addiction to oil and coal are largely the reason for our rocket like progress in the last 100 plus years, cheap energy consumed in ever increasing servings by each of us has given us better lifestyles like that of royalty in preceding centuries. Our success as a species I believe will be measured by how much coal and oil we can leave in the ground. The time has come to move ahead again, not in a quantum leap, just baby steps are all we need. Technology is the double edged sword that we will either use to help fix the problem, or just continue to add to our swelling appetite for energy. As much as I would like to see wind and tidal power, geo thermal energy, solar collection and bio fuels relieve our dependence on oil and coal, these technologies are still in their infancy and cannot compete with fossil fuels in the real world (well not yet!). With India and China now wanting a slice of the pie you and I have enjoyed all our lives, coal burning power plants mushroom at the speed of one every 7-10 days. These facilities have an expected life of 40-50 years. So what is the answer, the N word. Nuclear. The technology is mature, the impact on our environment compared with fossil fuel is negligible, and it is the only form of energy production that can compete with Coal & Oil. Sure we know of the dangers but aren’t we in trouble now? We are the drowning man and Nuclear energy (in the short term) is the only hand we have reaching out to us. Look on Nuclear energy as a stepping stone, not a stumbling block. Let’s be realistic and make the hard decisions while we still have time to do so. TheTeam@Our-Environment.Org

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