Swiss voters reject proposal to speed exit from nuclear energy
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.