The escalating violence in the Middle East is dominating discussions at the G8 Summit in Saint Petersburg where leaders are struggling to overcome differences to come up with a joint statement. They have however made progress on other issues – approving a statement on energy although this, too, acknowledges splits.
The part of the document dealing with nuclear power read: “We recognize that G8 members pursue different ways to achieve energy security and the goals of climate protection.” Producing no greenhouse gases, nuclear energy has been hailed by some as a way of protecting the climate. But critics say there is no good solution for the storage of dangerous nuclear waste.
While stating joint objectives, the section on climate change refers to “those of us committed to making the Kyoto protocol a success” – highlighting splits over the agreement which Washington has rejected.