Italy goes nuclear free

Italians have voted overwhelmingly to give up nuclear energy. The Italian interior ministry says more than 94 percent of votes cast were against domestic nuclear power generation.

With voter turnout exceeding the mandatory 50 percent required for a quorum, the referendum will be valid.

Polling stations for the 2-day voting across the country closed at 4 pm, local time, on Monday.

Italian media say the latest exit poll shows over 90 percent of the electorates voted against nuclear power.

Germany and Switzerland have already decided to close their nuclear power stations following the accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

But Italy is the first country to have carried out a referendum to decide its energy policy.

Earlier on Monday, even before the result was announced, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi expressed his intention to cancel a plan to build new nuclear power plants.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 06:20 +0900 (JST)

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Comment by Stra on June 14, 2011 at 12:09pm
As much as I support closing down nuclear plants I fail to see where all those huge amounts of missing electrical power will then come from...
Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on June 14, 2011 at 9:31am
nice !
Comment by Video texas on June 14, 2011 at 2:58am

Yea! Italy!


Too bad we here in the USA can't vote to shut ours down too. They spend billions of dollars advertising that it is a  "clean" energy source so people eventually believe what they keep seeing on tv and hearing all the time. It's a form of mind control really. I have cousins working in the nuclear energy industry so even though that plants when working properly shut down themselves at almost a bad sneeze, mother nature doesn't often give warnings.


If radioactivity was only as black and thick like tar and an oil slick instead of an invisible slow sure death that it is then people wouldn't be sheep over keeping our nuke energy source.


I wonder how hard it is to get a duel citizenship with Italy, I wouldn't mind having at least one foot in a less mind controlled energy hungry country. :]

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