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Argentina: bishops oppose nuclear power plant

August 11, 2017

The bishops of Patagonia, the southernmost region of Argentina, have announced their opposition to the construction of a Beijing-financed nuclear power plant at an unannounced location in Rio Negro Province.

A nuclear power plant “produces dangerous refuse which remains radioactive for a long period of time and implicates a very high cost,” the bishops stated.

Acknowledging the need for increased electricity and more jobs in the area, the prelates called for investment in “other types of energy which do not give off gases responsible for climate change.”

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Aug. 11, 2017 11:30 AM ET USA

    Here's a perfect example of churchmen being outside their area of competence. If they want to reduce greenhouse gases, why not consider nuclear power? Many of the new designs produce much less waste, and the resulting trade-offs would be better evaluated by engineers rather than bishops.