Chain Reaction

MINDAUGAS KULBIS for TIME

The E.U. wants the Lithuanian government to close down Ignalina by 2009

When it comes to energy, resource-poor Finland needs a wide array of technology to meet its needs. Energy sources range from hydro-electric power to burning wood left over by the country's paper industry. Now the Finnish government has approved plans to build the nation's fifth nuclear power station, its first new reactor in more than two decades.

That's bad news in much of the rest of Europe, where the public and politicians are dead set against new reactors. Last week, the upper house of the German parliament passed a law that will phase out the country's 19...

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