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Italy to hold nuclear referendum

2011-06-01 19:02

Rome - A top Italian court has ruled that Italians can vote in a referendum this month on whether the country should return to nuclear power, despite the government's efforts to scrap the vote.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi initially pledged to revive nuclear power to reduce dependence on foreign oil and natural gas, leading opposition forces to call for the referendum.

But Berlusconi decided to shelve his plans following Japan's nuclear disaster, mostly in a bid to avert a referendum expected to show overwhelming opposition that would doom any future attempt to return to nuclear energy.

In a referendum following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, Italy became the only Group of Eight country to abandon nuclear power.

The Court of Cassation ruled on Wednesday that the June 12 - 13 referendum can go ahead.

Comments
  • Jade - 2011-06-02 00:18

    Oh no Italians, please don't make the mistake of reversing your recent gains. Nuclear is not the answer at least not in its present form. It's far too dangerous and the process renders too much waste, which needs to stored away somewhere safe and out of reach (especially from terrorists) for 100's of years. Germany has the right idea disbanding all of it's nuclear reactors and embracing greener technologies. Please continue to do the same!

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