Asia’s Push for Nuclear Power — a Wise Bet?
Listen to a story by Rhitu Chatterjee about India’s nuclear energy plans. That’s followed by an interview with physicist M.V. Ramana of Princeton University.
Ramana is our guest in this Science Forum discussion, and he’s joined by Princeton colleague Alexander Glaser. Both scholars analyze the nuclear industry. They’ll be taking your comments and questions through November 19th.
India’s economy is booming, its people are hungry for energy, and the country wants to move away from its heavy reliance on coal and other fossil fuels. So India is eyeing other sources of energy — including nuclear. It’s planning a ten-fold increase in its nuclear power generation capacity in the next 20 years.
The same is true for many Asian countries. China, Vietnam, Bangladesh and neighboring countries plan to build new nuclear power plants. But is nuclear energy a wise solution to these countries’ energy needs?
Ramana says that many Asian countries aren’t prepared to understand and manage the risks from nuclear power plants. For example, he says Vietnam and Bangladesh don’t even have an agency to regulate the nuclear industry. Does this mean Asia’s investment in nuclear power is a risky bet?
Join the conversation with Ramana and Glaser. It’s just to the right.
- How do you view the trade-offs of nuclear energy? Do you support nuclear power as a way to combat climate change?
- The United States is encouraging India’s nuclear power expansion. Should it be doing so?
- If Asia’s rising economic powers are investing in new nuclear plants, will other nations follow suit?
Watch this video of local protests to a proposed nuclear power plant in India.
- The Future of Nuclear Power – an MIT report.
- Will Asia dominate the global nuclear industry?
- Asia’s nuclear energy growth.