The nuclear industry has been very evident at the December Kyoto climate change conference putting forward the benefits of nuclear power to reduce CO2 levels. With nuclear power being seen as a positive contributor, the anti-nuclear groups in Kyoto were attacking its use.
They argue that reliance on nuclear power as a means of reducing CO2 emissions was merely a way for governments to avoid the real issue of the need to promote renewable energy sources and conservation. They particularly want to stop government resources being spent on nuclear energy, preferring financing to go towards developing renewables.
During the meeting, Tokio Kano from the Keidanren (Federation of Economic Organisations) said that Japan needs 20 more nuclear power plants if it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5% between 2008 and 2012.