Berlusconi says nuclear power is pollution answer

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said the Group of Eight industrial nations favour the construction of more nuclear power plants to lessen dependence on fossil fuels blamed for global warming.

G8 leaders yesterday noted that "a growing number of countries" regard nuclear power as an "essential instrument" for cutting greenhouse gas pollution.

That commitment will lead to a "future civilisation most probably founded on nuclear energy", Mr Berlusconi told reporters at the G-8 summit in Toyako, Japan. "We talked about the need to start planning and building more than 1,000 nuclear plants in the world."

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