“For some years, we used to be second to the US in producing geothermal energy, globally. But our combined renewable energy potential such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass and geothermal around 200,000 MW, is set aside in favor of carbon-intensive energy plants like coal and even the worrisome revival of the BNPP, “……entertaining the idea of rehabilitating the BNPP as if the continuing tragedy in Fukushima has not shown how devastating a nuclear disaster could be.” Monsignor Antonio Dumaual , Chairperson of Nuclear Free Bataan Movement (NFBM) said in a press statement.
Last Monday, July 25, the NFBM said a public forum was held in Bagac, Bataan tackling the issue on BNPP revival. “Using the issue of the imminent power crisis as an excuse, they are once again trying to influence and shape a pro-nuke stance from among the people of Morong and Bagac. President Aquino’s recent State of the Nation Address alluded to his administration’s determination to address the power crisis,” Dumaual said.
The World Bank and the International Energy Agency, in March 2012, warned that at least 80 per cent of known reserves of fossil fuels must be left untapped if the world is to avoid a catastrophic temperature rise.
“Now is not the time to gamble with the risk of nuclear technology which has been proven fundamentally dangerous and unsafe. Instead, it’s time to shut down the (nuclear) program permanently. Thus, we reiterate our call that a safe world is a nuclear-free world,” Francisco Honra, Secretary General of NFBM added.
The BNPP was completed in 1976 but was mothballed in 1986 after President Corazon Aquino became president. Its detractors said that besides health and environmental issues, the plant- which has not produced a kilowatt of electricity, allegedly represented the excesses of the regime of then President Ferdinand Marcos. The plant was also reported overpriced and experts also found out that it failed to meet safety standards.