Monday, July 16, 2012

Lithuania to Hold a Referendum on Nuclear Power Plant to Be Build by Hitachi-GE

From Reuters (7/16/2012; emphasis added):

Lithuania to hold a consultative vote on nuclear plant

(Reuters) - Lithuania will hold a non-binding referendum on the centre-right government's planned new nuclear power plant on the same day as a parliamentary election, in a move that could boost support for the opposition and derail the project with a big vote against.

Parliament's decision on Monday to hold the vote puts energy issues at the centre of the election, with the opposition and government split on how to reduce country's energy dependence on its former Soviet master, Russia.

Polls have showed public support for nuclear energy in Lithuania wane following the Fukushima disaster in 2011 in Japan, with opinion now roughly divided.

The government has proposed building the Visaginas plant on the site of the Ignalina plant in eastern Lithuania that was shut in 2009.

But the main opposition party in the current parliament, the Social Democrat Party, said the government should focus on renewable resources and renovating houses to save energy and rather than on a costly nuclear power plant project.

"We should stop dreaming about nuclear power, benefits of which we might see or might not see in only 30 years," Birute Vesaite, deputy chair of the party, told parliament.

Centre-left parties such as the Social Democrats lead the opinion polls before the parliamentary election.

Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, who opposed the referendum, said it was causing doubts about commitments made by his coalition government.

Parliament last month voted, with a narrrow margin, in favor of giving the government a go-ahead to work towards a final construction deal with U.S.-Japanese alliance Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy for the 1,350 MW ABWR reactor.

In 2011, Lithuania imported 65 percent of its electricity, mostly from Russia, making it the European Union member most dependent on power imports.

Lawmakers voted 62-39 to hold the referendum on Oct. 14, the parliament press office said. Eighteen abstained.

(Reporting via Oslo Newsroom; Editing by Alison Williams)


Atomfritz said...

If they really intend to build the chimney effect ABWRs, why didn't they keep the proven RMBK chimneys?

Anonymous said...

And in Japan Hashimoto, Ishihara, Noda, Edano, Hosono and the rest deprive the Japanese citizens of the same voice through the ballot box.

It would seem that Lithuanians seem to have more democracy than Japan!

Japanese people must assert control of their government.

m a x l i said...

Nuclear power for Lithuania is definitely a good idea. Lithuania should go for MOX-fuel. While Germany and other countries are aiming to collect the energy of the sun which is coming down from the sky for free, it seems in Lithuania Plutonium (necessary for MOX) is falling down from the sky free of charge. (Free of charge - that is, unless TEPCO is finding out about it.)

m a x l i said...

Forgot the link:

Anonymous said...

Ishihara said Tokyo city should not hold a referendum because nuclear policy is a national matter. However Ishihara seems to think that meddling with China over disputed islands is perfectly appropriate for Tokyo administration.

Can anyone explain how these views can be shown to be coherent?


arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Beppe, it is coherent in a sense that both come from a single source - Ishihara.

Anonymous said...

Ishihara, Hashimoto, et al.... coherently incoherent.

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