Sabado, Pebrero 19, 2011

Why the Philippines should go nuclear?

It is high time for our country to have enough cheap power supply. It is high time for our country to go nuclear.
Our notoriously world-class prohibitive price of electricity does not only discourage foreign investors to put shop here, but even punishes you (yes, you drooling reader) and me.
Just take for instance a poultry product.
A chicken raiser has to buy a day old chick for P25 to P38 for him to take care for months before he sells it to the market.
This is expensive compared to other countries where poultry raisers enjoy government subsidy and tax exemption.
This is expensive in the Philippine because an egg is heated through an electric consuming powered incubator.
Consequently, a kilo of dressed chicken in the market today cost P120 while a smuggled one cost P80 only.

The Philippines is number 6 in the world with the most expensive electricity, thus a significant portion of the income of the majority Filipino households goes to their power bill.
The reason for this is that although we consume only 40 percent of the power produced by Napocor (that supervised those Independent Power Producers (IPPs) like SRMD), we are obliged to pay the 60 percent power surplus.
Congress should amend this stupid contract concluded by our government with the IPPs years ago...

Coal power plant is detrimental to the environment, while hydro power plant is unreliable during summer and drought seasons.
That's why the logical alternative to fill-up the staggering power deficit we face today is to build nuclear power plant.
In an Agence France Press dispatch, it says that “US approved on Monday a permit for the largest solar energy project in the world—four massive plants at the cost of one billion dollars each in southern California .
“The Blythe solar power plant will consist of four, 250-Megawatt plants, built on public lands in the sun-drenched Mojave desert ,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.
“When completed the project is expected to generate up to 1,000 Megawatts of energy… That’s enough electricity to power up to 750,000 average American homes and to make Blythe the largest solar power plant facility in the world.”
As the Blythe project equates the capacity and price of a nuclear power plant, it is a welcome news. Its applicability in the Philippines however is questionable. The U.S has its sun drenched Mojave, California and Nevada deserts that are recipients of uninterrupted scorching heat from the sun to produce power to the households. With the intermittent rainfalls and cloudy skies that visit our country every six months, solar can be likened to hydro power that become emaciated every summer time.
With this observation, the logical alternative for the Philippines is still nuclear power plant.
To the critics of nuclear who say that its waste emits radiation? Susmariosep, if France, China, the U.S have not found any problem today of its effect, what more for our dear Philippines that has thousands of God-forsaken islands that can be used as dumping site for this waste?
This radiation-thing downside is too small to counter the benefit of cheaper power that could free the over-burdened Pinoys and attract investors that would give them jobs.
When the United States and the South Korean governments were groping in the dark looking for that elusive peace with the Hermit Kingdom communist North Korea, former Speaker Joe de Venecia and wife Congresswoman Gina, Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture, Congressmen Robert Raymund Estrella and Marlyn Premicia-Agabas, and Abono Party Chairman Sendo So have been inaugurating the P100 million fish processing plant for bangus (milk-fish) at Brgy. Bonuan Binloc in Dagupan.
The event was attended by Charge d’Affaires Kim Yong of the South Korean Embassy and the head of Korea’s financial aid body Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOIKA).
The event materialized because of the aggressive intercession of then Speaker JDV to his Korean politician-friends to extend what they could give to the economic welfare of his people.
The November 29 event showed that a human being is no different to nation-state. Poor country like the Philippines ingratiates with rich country like South Korea.
The rich state remembered what is debt-of-gratitude to the semi-feudal state Philippine that saved her when she was much poorer than the former more than half-a- decade ago.
History tells us that in the early1950s, the Marxist North, aided by Communist China and the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, overran South Korea.
“Mr. Minister as you know, the Philippines is a bird-flu free country. That’s why the Japanese imports (dressed) chicken from us,” Secretary Alcala told the Korean diplomats at a press conference
He also told the head of KOICA that the Korean government has already given the Filipinos a corn processing plant in Mindanao.
The KOICA’s head stuttered in his halting English as he had a hard time remembering the locations of his country’s countless dole-outs to our country.
“Palakpakan natin ang mga kaibigan nating Koreano para mas marami pa silang ibibigay sa atin,” Alcala enthused the crowd during the inauguration.
Minister Yong remembered the military contribution of the Filipino troops (where my father and former president Fidel V. Ramos were part of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea or PEFTOK) in salvaging the capitalist country from the claws of those godless commies when they emulated Hitler’s blitzkrieg in Poland in September 1, 1939.
“We have a debt of gratitude to the Filipinos,” Yong sentimentally declared.
We Flips are quite fortunate. We should be thankful to N.K’s miniature crazy leader Kim Jong-il for rejecting almost all South Korea’s multi-billion U.S dollar goodies as a token of reconciliation.
The South for one generously offers Kim nuclear plants to mitigate his shortage of electricity, but the latter instead saber-rattle the South with the threat of nuclear annihilation.
The exasperated top 10 capitalist state in the world and number one ship builder instead offered three nuclear reactors to us rambunctious Filipinos to solve our notoriously world-class priced electricity.
But just like those skeptics North Koreans, some left leaning groups have already thrown the proverbial monkey-wrench and their unfounded and baseless anti- nuclear arguments to this mulled project.
By the way, the three nuclear power plants are being peddled to us in a price of $2 billion a piece.
Not as cheap as your around the counter favorite hot Kimchi, but this was what then congressman and nuclear power advocates Mark Cojuangco told me in Lingayen when I asked him about where we could get these uranium powered stuffs.
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