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Worldwatch concerned about Indo-US nuke deal
Sridhar Krishnaswami in Washington | March 04, 2006 04:16 IST
Expressing concern over the Indo-US nuclear agreement, the Worldwatch Institute has said that the 'security risks' inherent in the deal outweigh energy sector benefits. It added that this deal makes it 'tough'to deny nuke technology to Iran and North Korea.
"It's going to be tough to argue that Iran and North Korea should be denied nuclear technology while India -- which has failed to even join the NPT -- is given the same on a silver platter," Christopher Flavin, president of Worldwatch said, releasing the 'State of the World Report 2006'.
"It would be ironic if Congress were to support this agreement, given the scrutiny that has been given to the Dubai ports deal," he said.
Noting that security vulnerabilities exposed by undermining non-proliferation were 'unacceptable', Flavin said, 'spending the same money on new, clean energy options will provide energy without increasing the risk that terrorists will get their hands on nuclear arsenals'.
'Renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, and biomass are far more practical energy options for China and India', the report said. 'Both countries have vast land areas that contain a large dispersed and diverse portfolio of renewable energy sources that are attracting foreign and domestic investment as well as political interest'.
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