The Price of Nuclear Power in Malaysia: Not Worth the Risks

My reasons  to say NO to Nuclear Power Plan:

Say No to Nuclear Power Plan in Malaysia

1) Nuclear power is not green.

2) Nuclear power stations are inefficient

3) Nuclear power is too expensive

4) Nuclear does not and will not safeguard our energy security

The most reason is we still have no idea what to do with nuclear waste.

Nuclear is not only NOT the solution to climate change, it is immoral to build a new generation of nuclear power stations when we still have no idea how to deal with radioactive waste which will stay dangerous for millions of year. What sort of future are we bequeathing to our children?

The Selangor EXCO for Environment, Consumer Affairs and Tourism YB Elizabeth Wong had written a strong statement to call upon the  Federal Government to put an immediate stop to the current nuclear power plans.  The statement as below:

Press Statement
14 March 2011

The Price of Nuclear Power in Malaysia: Not Worth the Risks

My prayers go out to the Japanese people that they will be able
survive the aftershocks, recover from the tsunami and contain the
damage from the unfolding nuclear disaster.

However, I share with many others a growing concern over the situation developing at the Fukushima nuclear reactors.

All the safety back-up plans were knocked out in one fell swoop, a
meltdown appears to be taking place, two explosions have occurred, and the authorities have resorted to the desperate measure of pumping in sea water to prevent a total meltdown.

Every country that has a nuclear programme, or is contemplating one
like Malaysia, has a responsibility to understand what is happening at
the Fukushima reactors. We also have to understand what it tells us
about the risks of nuclear power and whether nuclear-based electricity is worth the cost.

The Barisan Nasional government has proposed that Malaysia embrace nuclear power at a time when we still have domestic supplies of oil and gas (albeit dwindling ones), abundant riverways, huge amounts of biomass fuel, and limitless sunshine. Furthermore, this year is not only the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, but also the year in which Malaysia is supposed to become the world’s number three producer of solar cells.

Solar power has been on a downward price trend, a trend that has only become more aggressive as demand for clean energy has risen and more producers have emerged. By 2021, the year in which Prime Minister Najib hopes to unveil his nuclear plants, solar power will be even more cost-competitive than it is now.

The nuclear industry and nuclear agencies have a long history of
accidents, cover-ups and poor follow-up on safety standards. Japan is
not unique in this regard, as it is a pattern found around the world.
Britain’s nuclear safety agency recently admitted in a court case that
it had covered up radiation leaks from a plant 50 miles from the
centre of London.

The Fukushima disaster has also shown that the safety back-up plans in place were inadequate. Despite being warned by experts and citizen
groups that stronger earthquakes and tsunamis could happen, they
failed to plan for them.

Like Japan, Malaysia is also on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, the ring
of intense seismic activity around the Pacific Ocean. We have already
learned that we are vulnerable to tsunamis and we can also feel the
effects of earthquakes. Whether they be built on the west or east
coast of Peninsular, the proposed two nuclear power plants will be
vulnerable to seismic-related activities.

We do not need to take the path of nuclear power. Instead it should be
a distant, desperate last resort and we should be prioritising
renewables and energy efficiency.

With a Renewable Energy Bill currently tabled and an Energy Efficiency Bill in the works, it is unconscionable for Malaysia to go ahead with nuclear power in light of the nuclear disaster in Japan, and the pattern of nuclear accidents around the world. The price of nuclear power is not worth the risk because safer, cheaper and more sensible alternatives exist.

We call on the Federal Government to put an immediate stop to the
current nuclear power plans for the good of the nation and the safety
of our citizens.

YB ELIZABETH WONG
Executive councillor, Selangor State Government
Chairperson of Standing Committee for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Suprayan on April 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    No nuclear reactor is safe and Malaysians will make a terrible mistake leaving such a decision to politicians. Politicians come and go and not necessarily know the consequences of their decisions and have the real interest of the citizens at heart. Real costs of nuclear energy is hidden and has been not transparent. Total societal costs are high using fossil fuels and nuclear energy. We need a real change in thinking and invest in and use sustainable renewable energy technologies – and not waste energy. ASEAN nations can lead in becoming nuclear free.

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