NUCLEAR NEWS FLASHES - Thursday, June 3, 2004
--PHASING OUT NUCLEAR GENERATION WOULD CAUSE ECONOMIC CHAOS, former Soviet
president Mikhail Gorbachev told a renewable energy conference in Barcelona
today. "I was a witness to the Chernobyl accident, but despite the dangers,
I do not agree with those who argue against nuclear energy," the Nobel Peace
Prize winner said. "Closing down the plants would wreak havoc. How would
countries like Japan and France survive without nuclear energy?" he asked.
Spain's new socialist government has pledged to phase out nuclear in favor
of renewable sources. Gorbachev called for more funding for renewable
energy, but said nuclear remained a "very important source of energy."
Speaking at the Energy & Sustainable Development summit held at Forum
Barcelona 2004, Gorbachev called for "reflection" in the light of rising oil
prices, saying, "we need to find alternative energies."