De Palacio curries French favour on nuclear

EU energy commissioner Loyola de Palacio made a strong defence of nuclear power yesterday in a major speech delivered in France. She said it was "irresponsible" to phase out nuclear if the EU wanted to meet its Kyoto protocol commitments, or "without explaining has numerous advantages, [including] in terms of carbon dioxide emissions." The statements came close to contradicting a Commission policy paper released last November, which said ongoing nuclear phase-outs in five EU member states would not hamper Kyoto protocol implementation (EED 30/11/01). See de Palacio speech.

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