The BNPP featured in PDI’s Talk of the Town

Last Sunday the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country’s most widely read and circulated newspaper, has published a number of opinion pieces about the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in its Talk of the Town.

Mark Cojuangco failed to prove his case

By Roberto Verzola

REPRESENTATIVE Mark Cojuangco should have realized that he took on a huge burden of proof, with his proposal to activate the BNPP, for at least two reasons:

The public is acquainted with the BNPP’s well-documented history of corruption under the Marcos regime ranging from substandard construction materials and practices to bribes to the president, as described in the book “Debts of Dishonor.Click here to read more

Climate change, safety, nuke power politics

By Lea Guerrero

SOMETHING terribly wrong is going on for nuclear power to be considered “clean energy.” Nuclear power is not the solution to climate change and it creates more problems than it purports to solve.

Believers in nuclear power, like Representative Mark Cojuangco, think that climate change is their best argument. Nuclear power, they say, is the only alternative to the dirty coal fuel. But notice how, when they talk about nuclear power, they omit or belittle renewable energy. To admit that renewable energy works (it does) renders nuclear power irrelevant. Click here to read more

Let the ‘Monster of Morong’ sleep

By Loretta Ann Rosales

THE BATAAN Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) is a glaring representation of the country’s fraudulent, wasteful and useless debts. The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) also sees it as a symbol of the Philippine struggle against a debt-driven development strategy –often peppered with rent seeking and cronyism – that different administrations, including the current one, have espoused.

To revive the BNPP would be to create bigger social deficits and push the people deeper into the debt and underdevelopment trap. We believe that to make the “Monster of Morong” operational would be to gamble away the people’s lives on a lost deal. Click here to read more

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