Nuclear Power as Philippines' Main Source of Electric Energy: Better or Danger?

ALMOST EVERY MONTH we experience an increase on the electric charges in our bills. Moreover, many places in Visayas and Mindanao experience electric interruptions due to insufficiency of energy resources. In order to solve this problem, last 2009, two congressmen, namely, Rep.Mark Cojuangco and Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo, have been pushing the reopening and revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant through House Bill 4631. This power plant was built by our late president Ferdinand Marcos to ease the country’s problem on electric energy sources, and to lessen the burden of his countrymen in paying high cost electricity. Yet, this billion- worth project was never used nor became beneficial to us for it never took operation on the entire history, due to the opposition of different environmental groups.
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           According to scientific studies, Nuclear Power provides a cheap alternative to fossil fuel sources of electricity. Apart from its cheap cost, it is considered as the cleanest of the entire viable energy source currently known. In addition, nuclear power’s safety record is exemplary.  It is also possible to generate a high amount of electrical energy in one single plant. Lastly, this technology is readily available; it does not have to be developed first.
            On the other hand, some studies show that despite a generally high security standard, accidents can still happen. One more thing, the problem of radioactive waste is still an unsolved issue. And, Nuclear power plants as well as nuclear waste could be preferred targets for terrorist attacks. Moreover, the energy source for nuclear energy is Uranium. Uranium is a scarce resource; its supply is estimated to last only for the next 30 to 60 years depending on the actual demand. Lastly, nuclear power plant may harm the environment and may cause contagious disease to those who will be exposed to its radiation, like what happened in Japan, after the tsunami incident.
           
REFERENCES:
“Advantages of Nuclear Power Generation ”. Time for Change. <http://timeforchange.org/pros-and-cons-of-nuclear-power-and-sustainability>. November 27, 2011.
“Bataan Nuclear Power Plant talks disconcerting”. Alternat1ve. <http://www.alternat1ve.com/biofuel/2009/01/27/bataan-nuclear-power-plant... November 26, 2011.
 “Disadvantages of Nuclear Power Generation ”. Time for Change.<http://timeforchange.org/pros-and-cons-of-nuclear-power-and-sustainability>. November 27, 2011.    
Lipana, Joshua. “We Should Go Nuclear”.K
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