the “bobos environmentalists” more dangerous than the climate crisis, according to an Italian minister – RT in French
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The Italian Minister for the Ecological Transition had very harsh words to describe the detractors of nuclear power, while he pleads for an investment in this technology in Italy, abandoned in 1987.
“The world is full of sore and extremist ecologists: they are worse than the climate catastrophe itself”: these are the words of Roberto Cingolani, Italian Minister for the Ecological Transition, reported by The echoes December 23.
Definitely defining himself as pragmatic and determined to lead a real “green revolution” in the Italian peninsula, Roberto Cingolani has decided in particular to lift the taboo on nuclear energy, a technology abandoned in Italy since the Chernobyl disaster. Singularly, the rejection was expressed by a referendum held a few months later and resulting in the closure of the four reactors in the country.
Pleading for the government of Mario Draghi to invest in nuclear fusion thanks to the European recovery plan, he notably underlined that “countries are investing in this technology”. “She’s not mature yet but she will be soon. If at a certain point, we can guarantee that the radioactive waste is few, the security high and the costs low, it would be folly not to consider it ”, notably pleaded the Minister.
Deprived of energy sovereignty, Italy imports 80% of its electricity
Italy is also dependent on France for its electricity, a situation denounced in The Echoes by Marco Ricotti, engineer and former member of the Agenzia per la sicurezza nucleare (Agency for nuclear safety): “It is a vast hypocrisy, because we still depend on it and in particular on France for our supply.” 80% of the electricity that Italy consumes is imported, making the peninsula the second largest electricity importer in the world. “70% of our electricity purchased abroad comes from France, the equivalent of four reactors working full time to meet our energy needs,” said Marco Ricotti.
A problem that also worries Giancarlo Giorgetti, the Italian Minister for Economic Development. In the absence of energy sovereignty, Italy is exposed to supply problems but also to soaring prices. “An energy blackout in Europe cannot be ruled out, a plan to avoid it must be defined as quickly as possible and recourse to clean nuclear power must be considered without a priori”, was alarmed Giancarlo Giorgetti, also quoted by The echoes.
Italian environmentalists stand up against nuclear power
But Italian environmentalists are not very sensitive to the aforementioned arguments. The director of Greenpeace Italia, Giuseppe Onufrio, called this vision “an old energy regime”. Believing in a “nuclear crisis”, he mocks it as a “technology of the past” maintained by lobbies who are “afraid of losing their monopoly and facing the truly competitive market for renewable energies”.
Silvio Berlusconi was the first head of the Italian government to attempt to reconnect with nuclear energy. In 2009, he Cavaliere had thus concluded an agreement with France for the construction of four EPRs, a project aborted by the Fukushima disaster in 2011 and the holding of a new referendum which marked the final abandonment of Italian nuclear power.
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