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Portugal rethinks Nuclear Energy in the light of high oil pr

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 9:06 am    Post subject: Portugal rethinks Nuclear Energy in the light of high oil pr Reply with quote

I am an Irish resident of Portugal and a lurker on this board, I this piece of local news might intrest some here

http://ecosfera.publico.pt/destaque/nuclear.asp (Portuguese)

Translated via foleyfish

"In the context of the rise of the price of oil

The Economics Minister reopens discussion on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Portugal

The Minister of the Economy and Innovation declared today that the subject of nuclear energy "is very current" due to rise in the price of oil, he defended the position that Portugal should discuss wether to advance in this domain.

The eventual introduction of nuclear energy in Portugal "must be thought and argued with depth", Manuel Pinho at the end of the Cabinet meeting to mark the one hundred days of the approval of the Program of the Government in the Assembleia da Rep?blica.

Speaking to the journalists at Forte de S?o Juli?o da Barra, where the meeting occured, the Economics Minister did not give a precise reply on the intention of a group of national investors, led by the entrepreneur Patrick Monteiro de Barros, to construct in Portugal a nuclear power plant.

"On nuclear energy different opinions exist, but this subject must be looked at with seriousness", he added.

Today, in Cabinet, investments of 2500 million euros in renewable energies were announced.

?The Greens? against the "absurd proposal" of nuclear

The Ecologist Party ?The Greens? declared themselves against the "absurd proposal" of nuclear, pointing out ?enormous security risks?, ?calamity that it represents in case of accidents? and the problem of ?residues radioactive?.

"Successive Portuguese governments had still not decided what to do with the radioactive residues of the Urgeiri?a mines (abandoned Uranium mines in central Portugal)? one imagines the problems that we would have with one another dimension of nuclear residues in case that we had a power plant nuclear", according to an official notice received for the PUBLICO.PT.

?The Greens vehemently condemn this proposal" and waits that ?the Government does not hesitate for a moment in denying this pretension?.

The party criticized the ?enertia of successive Governments to not look to our bigger issues of self-sufficiency and energy efficiency? and the ?economic policies? that they had taken to further the dependency of the country to oil."

Portugal Energy Overview

Portugal imports over 60% of it's energy as oil, and it's large hydro projects have been suffering because of drought over the last few years

I think the Nuclear option would be an expensive mistake for Portugal, typical of a love of large engeneering projects held by certain governemnt mentalities here, she should instead invest the monies instead in more this http://www.guardian.co.uk/renewable/Story/0,2763,1477722,00.html type of direction
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