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The PSOE proposes the closure of all nuclear power stations by the year 2015

For many years, nuclear power has been a contentious issue* in Europe. Italy stopped the building of new nuclear stations in 1987. In Austria, their only plant was converted to gas in the same year. In Denmark, there is no nuclear energy. Sweden is in the process of closing its nuclear power stations, Germany too. The list goes on, and extends throughout the world's 'developed' countries. Now it seems that demonstrators here have a new ally* in their struggle to close down plants like Garona in Burgos, the second oldest in Spain. The Spanish Socialist Party, PSOE, have declared that they too want to see Spain's nine installations closed down. They want this to happen by 2015. and that the consumer should choose if the 1.3% nuclear residue tax is spent on renewable energy. This plan was rejected in parliament by the Popular Party and Canary Island and Catalonian Nationalists. However, a Green-peace spokesman, Carlos Bravo, believes the battle has only just started. We consider the PSOE's change of attitude commendable, although we believe the lime period should be shorter." Antonio Landeta, the PP MP*, said "Nuclear energy is of major importance to the economy. The nuclear power stations should remain open as long       as there are no safety problems" Some 300/o of Spain's power comes from these plants. However, Joan SauraofICV-Verds in Cataluna believes the figure is exaggerated. "The nuclear station energy potential is much higher than the demand. What happens is that when extra energy is needed, they use nuclear power, which artificially increases its percentage." Renewable energy currently accounts for 6.3%, but this could reach 12% by 2010. Apart from this, the maximum energy demanded in Spain was on 16 December 1997 - 27,369 megawatts.End of nuclear power From all sources, there is capacity to produce 43,549 megawatts. Nuclear power provides 7,569 megawatts. Using these figures, supplied by the Spanish Electricity network Joan Saura asserts, "Nuclear energy is surplus* to requirements." (I, E if you work hard)



The "Pocket Monsters' cause furore and controversy wherever they go

   The latest craze* to follow the success of Bart Simpson and his variety of friends and claim a place in the affections of the younger T.V. spectators are the 'Pokemon'. After causing furore and controversy in Japan, the United States, Australia and Canada these little creatures from Japan have arrived to the delight* of children and the worry of many parents. Created as a video game in 1996 by Nintendo, the cartoon is shown here in Spain on Tele 5. It describes the adventures of a 10 year old boy who wants to become the    best "Pokemon' trainer in the world. The 'Pokeman' (from "Pocket Monsters') are creatures that live among us which are trained to fight each other. As they confront each other they increase their abilities and powers. The more they fight, the better the become. In this way children want to buy as many of the toys as possible to 'improve' the ones they have and so become the best trainer. "Your parents don't love you if they donf! buy you Pokemon" was one of the advertising lines used in Japan. Naturally, there were some complaints from loving but poor parents. (E)



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