MEPs stress nuclear's importance to climate

Resolution on future of conventional energy sources says atomic power crucial in greenhouse gas reduction effort

The European parliament has stressed the importance of nuclear energy in the fight against climate change in a non-legislative resolution adopted in Strasbourg on Wednesday.  "Abandoning nuclear power will make it impossible to achieve the [EU] objectives set regarding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions," says the resolution, drafted in response to a paper on the future of conventional energy sources released by the European commission in January (EED 10/01/07).  MEPs said fossil fuels would be needed "long-term" and urged greater use of combined heat and power technologies.  See resolution and nuclear industry reaction.

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