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Finland’s Green Party in government firmly against new nuclear power

logo-Finland-GreensGreens meet to strategise, remain cold on new nuclear power, UUTISET, 6 June 1Delegates from Finland’s Green League are gathered at an annual party congress in Jämsä, central Finland to hammer out a campaign platform ahead of parliamentary elections due next year. Green party chair Ville Niinistö said although the party wants to stay in governmen it’s holding its ground on its opposition to new nuclear power in Finland.

flag-FinlandOne thing became clear from the start of this year’s three-day Green League party congress: the Greens want to stay in government. Green party chair and Environment Minister Ville Niinistö pointed to the party’s recent achievement in orchestrating government agreement on a proposal for climate change legislation.

However, the party is not prepared to give way on its opposition to new nuclear power facilities in Finland. It intends to hold fast to the current government programme, which stipulates that no new decisions-in-principle on nuclear energy should go before the parliament…….

The party has hinted that it is prepared to leave the government if a revised permit for the proposed Fennovoima nuclear power plant returns to parliament for consideration.

Niinistö added that nuclear power contractors are now experiencing great difficulties.

Nuclear power “not rational” for Finland

“The question is, at what stage will the parties admit their mistake, which is that holding on to nuclear power no matter what at the taxpayers’ expense isn’t rational for the Finnish economy, for our jobs, our business community, or for us to develop domestic forms of renewable energy,” Niinistö


June 7, 2014 - Posted by | Finland, politics

1 Comment »

  1. But why on earth would Finland want nuclear power? Did you know that in case of war each nuclear reactor has to be unloaded? In other words: even a threat to which you would react with a mobilization of troops necessitates shutting down all nuclear power stations in a country. Which means that a country like France becomes defenseless as it then immediately loses 80% of its generating capacity – just when it needs it most. A country bordering on Russia should not consider a fragile energy generating network that needs to be switched off whenever there’s a hickup like over the Crimea …

    Comment by crisismaven | July 4, 2014 | Reply

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