Despite strong opposition from President Jimmy Carter, Brazil continues building its controversial nuclear power station near Rio de Janeiro.
Despite strong opposition from President Jimmy Carter, Brazil continues building its controversial nuclear power station near Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian government is fending off President Carter's pressures because it wants to become less dependent on foreign powers for its energy supplies.
SYNOPSIS: The coves and beaches of Brazil's South Atlantic coast once provided perfect hideways for buccaneers.
Until not long ago, Rio's rich and famous use to bathe their sleekly suntanned bodies here. But since 1972, the growing cluster of structures at the nuclear plant have been blotting out more and more lush green mountains above Itaonian Bay, near the old colonial port town of Angra dos Reis, a few kilometres due west of Rio. Unless President Carter can Persuade Brazil to stop constructions, the nuclear plant will be ready for operation late next year.
The Brazilians say their project is peaceful, and their only course for becoming independent of imported oil for energy. But this scheme runs against the Carter Administration's firm policy to check any development that could spread access to nuclear weapons. Earlier this year, Washington sent Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher, to Bonn hoping to talk West Germany out of its agreement to provide the technology needed to built two more plants at Angra.
The Brazilian government has downplayed warning from the local fishermen that the plant's waste will harm their catch and from physicists that a geological fault runs through the land.