“There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Nuclear plant promotion is irresponsible at a time when no assurance exists about the disposal of radioactive wastes. Japan should achieve zero nuclear plants and aim for a more sustainable society.”
Former Japanese Prime Minister
28th May 2011
“The unfortunate truth is we are likely to see much more disasters. The world has witnessed an unnerving history of nuclear accidents.”
In Kiev 20th April 2011, marking the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster
“The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, even more than my launch of perestroika, was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later. Indeed, the Chernobyl catastrophe was an historic turning point: there was the era before the disaster, and there is the very different era that has followed.
The price of the Chernobyl catastrophe was overwhelming, not only in human terms, but also economically. Even today, the legacy of Chernobyl affects the economies of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.”
Former Soviet Union President 2006
This stands to be the mistake of a generation. After the tremendous lead Britain has given the world by advancing legally binding emissions targets in its Climate Bill, it would be a ghastly mistake for the government to commit us to a nuclear energy policy with astronomical costs and dangers of nuclear contamination for generations to come.
Former Mayor of London
Speaking on the UK’s plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations in 2008.
“If nuclear power plants are safe, let the commercial insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money, I’m not willing to gamble with the health and safety of my family.”
“For 50 years, nuclear power stations have produced three products which only a lunatic could want: bomb-explosive plutonium, lethal radioactive waste and electricity so dear it has to be heavily subsidised. They leave to future generations the task, and most of the cost, of making safe sites that have been polluted half-way to eternity.”
“There are many different kinds of radioactive waste and each has its own half-life so, just to be on the safe side and to simplify matters, I base my calculations on the worst one and that’s plutonium. Perhaps most ridiculous of all is the suggestion that we ‘keep’ our radioactive garbage for the use of our descendants. This ‘solution’, I think, requires an immediate poll of the next 20,000 generations.”
David R. Brower
Founder, Friends of the Earth