World major economies see new nuclear dawn
AOMORI, Japan (AFP) -- Top economic powers have declared that the world is entering a new era of nuclear energy amid rising concerns over high oil prices and global warming, but Germany stood firmly as an exception.
The Group of Eight industrial nations got together with
The 11 nations, which together consume two-thirds of world energy said in their joint statement that "a growing number of countries have expressed interest in nuclear power programmes."
"We are on the verge of a new nuclear age," John Hutton,
He argued it was a "positive thing for the world," arguing that atomic power emitted little of the carbon dioxide that causes global warming and ensured energy supply.
"We are committed to the safe use of nuclear energy for safe and peaceful purposes," Lunn said.
Italian energy minister Claudio Scajora also said he "strongly" supported the statement on nuclear power.
Since right-leaning Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi returned to power last month,
"Having heard other countries' positions, I think there is a nuclear power renaissance,"
"There are pros and cons about nuclear energy in
Nuclear power has faced major criticism throughout the industrial world, with some environmentalists arguing that it poses too much of a safety risk.
A 1986 explosion at the
The world's largest nuclear power plant, in
Despite nuclear power's image problem,
South Korean minister Lee Youn-Ho hailed nuclear power as "cost-efficient, stable energy source" in the backdrop of spikes in oil prices.
The Paris-based International Energy Agency said in a recent report that halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 would require building an additional 32 new nuclear power plants every year along with 17,500 wind turbines.
"I don't think it's an unreasonable forecast or estimate," US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said.
"We are really on the verge of a very substantial increase in the number of nuclear power plants," he said.
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