The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has had an incredible impact upon international energy policy as Germany, Switzerland, and Japan officially declared government efforts to phase-out nuclear power. Now Italy may be the next nation to follow suit, as a referendum voted upon by 57% of its population opted to abandon the use of nuclear energy.
The country hasn’t seen a voter turnout higher than 50% since 1995 – this recent surge in participation is indicative of the nation’s tumultuous political climate. The decision to phase out nuclear power was part of a four-pronged policy change proposal drafted by Italy’s center-left opposition parties. Of the 57% voter turnout, 95% voted against nuclear power on each referendum – hopefully a considerable chunk of those who voted were motivated by a desire to transition to renewables.