The option of Greece turning to nuclear power to solve its energy and environmental problems was firmly put on the table by the Public Works and Environment Ministry yesterday.
Greece does not have any nuclear power plants but, in a statement released yesterday, the ministry indicated that a debate should begin on whether this form of energy could be adopted. The ministry was reacting to comment by European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, who said that "nuclear energy does not belong to the group of renewable energy sources".
However, opposed parties and environmentalists responded instantly to the ministry's suggestion that the use of nuclear power in Greece is on the agenda.
"If someone suggests the nuclear option in the face of climate change, it means that he is essentially importing one big threat that could be destructive for health, the environment and security, to replace another", said Greenpeace.