Swiss vot­ers re­ject pro­posal to speed exit from nu­clear en­ergy

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Swiss vot­ers re­jected a plan to ac­cel­er­ate the coun­try’s exit from nu­clear en­ergy in a ref­er­en­dum Sun­day, turn­ing down an ini­tia­tive that would have forced their govern­ment to shut the last plant in 2029.

The plan pro­moted by the Green Party would have meant clos­ing three of Switzer­land’s five nu­clear plants next year. Polls ahead of the ref­er­en­dum had shown a tight race, but vot­ers shot down the ini- tia­tive by 54.2 to 45.8 per­cent.

Af­ter the Fukushima nu­clear disas­ter in Ja­pan, the Swiss govern­ment adopted a plan to­ward tran­si­tion­ing to re­new­able en­ergy by 2050.

It said nu­clear plants could op­er­ate as long as they are deemed safe, but didn’t set a pre­cise timetable. The govern­ment said it needs time to switch to other en­ergy sources such as wind, so­lar and biomass.

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