RP must also look on nuclear option — Teodoro

January 16, 2010 12:14 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 16 — In line with his goal of reducing the Philippines' dependence on imported fossil fuel, Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. is urging the country’s energy officials to look at the possibility of building nuclear-powered plants in order to meet the domestic demand for cheap and easily produced electricity.

“After that all been said and done, nuclear energy is still the safest, cleanest, and cheapest form of alternative energy in the planet,” Teodoro told the students present in Monday’s presidential forum at the Philippine Christian University in Taft Avenue, Manila.

He said that when maintained and operated properly by qualified nuclear technicians, nuclear-powered plants pose no great risk to the population and environment.

Teodoro noted that nuclear energy’s cheapness and dependability can be attested by the fact that Abu Dhabi, one of the largest oil exporters in the world, recently granted a US$ 25-billion contract to a South Korean firm to design and construct its first-ever nuclear energy generation facility.

He said that most of the major countries in the world, Japan and China included, operate some form of nuclear energy extraction facility and none have yet reported experiencing a “meltdown” or reactor failure much dreaded by environmentalists and anti-nuclear energy advocates.

The 1989 Philippine Bar examination topnotcher also said technical and safety advances in nuclear power extraction and engineering have greatly reduced the possibility of such incidents from ever happening.

“Advances in nuclear engineering and design have greatly precluded ‘meltdowns’ or nuclear reactor failure from happening,” Teodoro stressed.

But the Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard bet clarified that he is not pushing for the activation of the moth-balled Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) as it is now obsolete by today’s present standards.

“It would be more cost efficient for the government to build a new plant as retrofitting the BNPP to present-day standards is more expensive in the long run,” Teodoro said. (PNA) scs/PFN

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