Energetic meet points outpost-Fukushima second thoughts via The Hindu

Even as India debates the pros and cons of the Kudankulam nuclear power project, several developed countries have already resolved to scrap their nuclear plants, experts at an energy conclave said on Monday.

Addressing the 14th regional conclave of the Madras Management Association (MMA) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) on “Energy as a factor of sustainable development”, Friedbert Pfluger, Director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, King’s College, London, said while each country had the right to decide its course to meet energy demand, India should weigh over its options and opt for an alternative source if there was one.

In his special address, Mr. Pfluger pointed out that post-Fukushima, many countries were having second thoughts on tapping nuclear energy. Germany, which can no longer advocate nuclear energy as a responsible choice is phasing out nuclear plants, Belgium is targeting shutting down seven reactors by 2015 and even France which relies on nuclear power for 70 per cent of its energy requirements is debating the viability of the nuclear option.

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