Public Forum Facts about Nuclear:
What the Thai public should know
Hosted by the Sustainable Energy Network and Climate Change Network, Thailand
5 November 2007
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Thailand's Energy Minister has been pushing forward plans for nuclear power plants, which according to the recently approved Power Development Plan would generate 4,000 megawatts of electricity by 2021. To convince the Thai public that nuclear power is the best alternative to secure Thailand's energy future, the Ministry of Energy has launched a 200-million baht public relations campaign.
The Ministry of Energy, however, has been less willing to publicise - let alone listen to the concerns of - the Thai public about the high social, environmental and economic risks associated with nuclear power. Contrary to claims by some proponents of nuclear power, there are still no safe means to store nuclear waste which can remain radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. Furthermore, the construction and operation of nuclear power plants have been characterised by long delays, cost-overruns, and presents an obstacle, not a solution, to energy security; diverting resources from numerous proven safe alternative sources of electricity generation.
Keynote Talk by Richard Broinowski, Honorary Professor of Communications at University of Sydney and a former senior Australian diplomat. He is the author of Fact or Fission? the truth about Australia's nuclear ambitions.
Transcript of Richard Broinowski’s Keynote speech (pdf)
The keynote was followed by discussion, including a panel of energy analysts, who examined the necessity of nuclear power in Thailand, and Thailand's energy plans and policies. Witoon Permpongsacharoen, Foundation for Ecological Recovery, acted as Panel Moderator.
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