France gets 80% of their power from nuclear energy and Italy is getting wise also. The US is still living in the 60s. FOXNews.com - Italians Look to Nuclear Power to Solve Energy Woes - America's Future MONTALTO DI CASTRO, Italy Daunted by the threat of a meltdown, Italians voted overwhelmingly in 1987 to ban nuclear power, but a government decree could bring back the long-shuttered plants and Italians appear comfortable with the prospect. The government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reversed Italys stated nuclear policy and has promised to start building new plants within five years. Italy certainly needs to produce more energy because now Italys the biggest importer of energy in Europe, and we have the highest prices in Europe, and that makes our companies less competitive, said Lucio Malan, a senator in Berlusconis Popolo della Libertà party. The referendum that closed the nuclear plants was held in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, shutting down those already running and blocking the construction of new ones.