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Japan episode seals fate of plan to go nuke 03/15/2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan episode seals fate of plan to go nuke

03/15/2011
The leading proponent of introducing nuclear energy to the country reversed his stand yesterday in the wake of a potential nuclear disaster in quake-hit Japan.

Former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco said there was a need to rethink assumptions that nuclear power was safe following two explosions in three days at Japan’s Fukushima plant.

“In the light of Fukushima, I would like to say that now is the opportune time, the right time, for the whole world’s nuclear power industry to be in a period of introspection,” Cojuangco said in a statement. “Meaning, they should examine events like Fukushima and see if all the assumptions of safety of nuclear power are still valid, and if adjustments are to be made, what they should do.”

Last year, while he was a member of parliament, Cojuangco lobbied heavily for the reactivation of a mothballed nuclear energy plant as a means to address the Philippines’ perennial power outages..... MORE

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