The Message of Zwentendorf

30 years ago on 5th November, the Austrian people decided in a popular referendum against the start – up of the nuclear power plant Zwentendorf at the Danube, which had been completed shortly before. One year later, the partial melt down accident occurred in the nuclear power plant Three Mile Island (US). The Chernobyl NPP disaster in 1986 proved one more time, that this was the right decision to take: Nuclear power poses a danger to life.

The nuclear lobby pictured the path without nuclear energy with dark prognoses, which were not to come true: The lights did not go out, nor did Austria live through an economic decline in the past 30 years. Over and over again we see that nuclear industry cannot keep its promise of guaranteeing nuclear safety: Accidents in nuclear power plants are the rule and not the exception, as the serious accidents and events in Paks/Hungary (2005), Forsmark (2006), Asco/Spain (2007) and Tricastin/France (2008) show. Still there is no solution to the problem of safe final repositories for radioactive nuclear waste. In spite of this, worldwide nuclear power plants continue to produce more and more of this dangerous waste. The high price of oil and climate change are now being abused as an argument for a renaissance of nuclear power.

Our message to all people connected by the Danube: Nuclear power is an expensive and costly energy source. Increased investment in nuclear power comes too late to contribute to climate change prevention and even the fuel – uranium – is available on a very limited basis. Nuclear power is not sustainable, our children and our children ́s children will not be safe from the potential impact of today ́s nuclear waste. The solution is an intelligent and efficient use of renewable energy sources. Nuclear power is not part of the solution.

Message by Global 2000, translated into German, English, Slovakian, Hungarian, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Ukrainian, the languages of the Danube nations.

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