Seven key factors why nuclear is not the way to go for Malaysia.

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KUALA LUMPUR: AMAN (ANAK MALAYSIA ANTI NUKLEAR), a grassroots citizen movement, has urged Putrajaya to abort EPP11: Deploying Nuclear Energy for Power Generation, part of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), or any other similar plan, and “instead concentrate and focus efforts on renewable energy and energy efficiency”.

AMAN is convinced that nuclear power is neither cheap, clean nor safe. “It is not required for the generation of electricity in Malaysia,” said Aman chairman Dr. Ronald McCoy in a statement.

“AMAN therefore rejects the construction of any nuclear power plant (NPP) in Malaysia.”

AMAN, according to its statement, has taken this position, based on seven key factors: possibility of nuclear weapons proliferation; energy security; extremely expensive; vulnerable to natural disasters and accidents; a ticking time bomb; Malaysia’s existing and planned electricity by other means are sufficient; and the rate of construction of NPPs is skydiving.

AMAN was aware of the ongoing dissemination of false information by the nuclear industry and other vested interests, added the NGO, and “there has not been any genuine transparency of the government’s intentions nor sincere public consultation”.

“Our country must not make the serious mistake of investing in and constructing a nuclear power plant, particularly when there is no existing method of safely disposing the long-lasting radioactive nuclear waste, which will threaten the health of future generations of Malaysians.”

Globally, the use of nuclear power as an energy source was in decline, the statement points out.

Some figures:

In 2003, there were 438 operating NPPs but today only 388 remain in operation.

The world’s use of nuclear energy dropped from 17.8 per cent in 1996 to 10.8 per cent in the year 2013. Since the year 2000, the growth per annum of solar based energy was been 25 per cent, wind 43 per cent, and nuclear -0.4 per cent.

“Germany has been very successful in its effort to phase out nuclear energy and is now shifting its policy towards renewable energy,” noted AMAN.

“France, which has always been a strong proponent and role model for nuclear energy, has passed a motion in Parliament to cut its dependency on nuclear from 75 per cent to 50 per cent and to increase its dependency on renewable energy from 15 per cent to 40 per cent.

In light of the above, concluded the statement, there was concrete evidence to suggest that Malaysia should scrap whatever plans it has to go nuclear, as it was a threat to energy security and the risks totally outweighed any perceived benefit.

If the government did the right thing, argued AMAN, it would benefit generations to come.

Taken from : Free Malaysia Today (FMT)

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