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Nuclear for the Poor, Renewables for the Rich?

28 June 2011: In a debate about the future of energy, the global south wants to spend tens of billions of dollars on nuclear plants while the global north looks to spend hundreds of millions on decentralised, renewable energy.

Nuclear is unpopular in Europe and may in fact be dead in Germany. This month the German government passed legislation that will result in the closure of all 17 nuclear power plants by 2022. Germany presently generates 28 percent of its energy from nuclear. Italy and Switzerland have made similar announcements.

Global support for nuclear energy has fallen from 54 percent to 38 percent, lower than coal.

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