Nuclear retreat leads a clumsy climate dance

The nuclear retreats in Japan and France have been welcomed by many but given it will see fossil fuels gain further influence, it could be tragic news for the world's climate.

Last week’s announcements by Japan and France to reduce or eliminate dependence on nuclear power were greeted with cautious praise from within the environmental movement. “A nuclear-free future is not a choice, it’s an inevitability,” said Kazue Suzuki, Greenpeace Japan nuclear campaigner. More broadly we are told that these are “momentous times” and that nuclear is battling against “younger and better alternatives such as solar and wind energy – a battle that nuclear power can’t win.”

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