Nicky Larkin: Nuclear fear clouds debate on fuel crisis
Despite the global panic, there has only been two major disasters in 30 years, writes Nicky Larkin
LAST week saw the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, an event that altered thinking on nuclear power forever. A quarter of a century later we had the Fukushima disaster in Japan, which prompted fresh nuclear panic across the globe. Protesters took the streets of Tokyo, demanding all Japanese nuclear reactors close by 2020.
The German public also took to the streets, and Angela Merkel immediately shut down eight German reactors, and pledged to close the remaining nine by 2022.
Next door in France, anti-nuclear protesters took to the Parisian streets, demanding an end to their own country's reliance on nuclear power.