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Commissioner de Palacio's pro-nuclear message overshadows energy meeting

An outspoken warning against abandoning nuclear energy was delivered by Europe's energy and transport commissioner Loyola de Palacio at an informal meeting of European energy ministers in Pamplona. De Palacio told ministers: "If we give up nuclear energy we will not comply with Kyoto...We need to make an enormous effort to convince the public about the benefits of nuclear energy," reports Environment Daily. One official present at the meeting on April 28 believed de Palacio was forestalling an attack on nuclear energy from the anti-nuclear camp. De Palacio's pro-nuclear message overshadowed discussions of renewables and energy efficiency -- which were ostensibly to have been the focus of the meeting. An official from the energy directorate said no decision on harmonisation of renewables support schemes would be made before 2007.

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