Last year, Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco introduced a bill to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. Re-commissioning of the power plant is guaranteed to generate lively debate and it has as you can see in the GMA News video below. On his introduction of the bill, the congressman stated:
I realize that many of you are not convinced, that many of our people are not convinced. And also, that many, have very legitimate anxieties, apprehensions and fears about the possibility of the Philippines adopting nuclear power as an alternative source of energy, let alone to commission and run the BNPP as a viable and quick solution to our energy problems.
And so, I file this bill, a bill which seeks to make it a law, that our government do all it can to make the BNPP a safe, clean, and functional nuclear power plant.
At the very least, it is my opinion and hope that filing this bill will start or spark a national debate on the merits and demerits of nuclear power as a viable energy option. It will therefore be the means to a more informed public choice on the future of nuclear power in this country.
But let me state that I believe it is in the country’s best interests that the BNPP be operated. It is also my belief that the nuclear power option is still the best choice that the country can make to balance the supposedly conflicting needs of abundant power (energy), cheap power (energy), clean and harmless energy (power), for future and new power plants.
The Congressman outlined a number of compelling arguments for re-commissioning of the plant. Read the full text of his speech you’d like to revisit the merits discussed on our previous post about Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco’s address to the fourteenth congress. The Ilocano version of the Congressman’s introduction of the bill is on the Sison Official Website if you are interested.