Hundreds form "No to BNPP" solidarity message

Greenpeace calls on congress representatives to reject BNPP revival

Feature story - February 22, 2009
Hundreds of volunteers from Greenpeace and the Network Opposed to BNPP (Bataan Nuclear Power Plant) today created a message of solidarity against the use of dangerous nuclear power by forming a giant human banner spelling "No to BNPP" in a campus in Quezon City.

Around 800 volunteers from Greenpeace and the Network Opposed to BNPP (Bataan Nuclear Power Plant) form a giant ‘human banner’ spelling “No to BNPP” in a campus in Quezon City, as a message of solidarity opposing a House bill to revive the mothballed nuclear plant. Greenpeace is calling on Congress representatives not to support the proposal and to withdraw their signatures from the bill which would effectively lock Filipinos into dependence on the world’s most unsafe and most expensive source of electricity.

Greenpeace is calling on Congress representatives not to support the proposed legislative measure to revive the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant by withdrawing their signatures from the bill and ensuring that it does not get past the House Committee on Appropriations where the proposal is currently lodged.

"This is a statement of the people's opposition to the revival of the BNPP.  Congressman Mark Cojuangco's plans to 'validate' with the purpose of reviving, and commission, this nuclear plant is the height of irresponsibility and arrogance.  The BNPP was mothballed for safety reasons which today still remain undisputed by any expert or study. Greenpeace is therefore demanding that Congress representatives reject this sordid bill which would effectively lock Filipinos into dependence on the world's most unsafe and most expensive source of electricity," said Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigns manager for the Philippines Beau Baconguis.

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The measure to revive the BNPP is currently being debated at the House Committee on Appropriations after it passed the Committee on Energy headed by Cong. Mikee Arroyo, a co-author of the bill.  Critics have noticed the undue haste with which the bill is proceeding in Congress. The bill, when passed, will require all energy consumers to pay at least 10 centavos more for electricity to partially shoulder the plant's rehabilitation, and also allows the government to enter into multi-million dollar loans for the plant's revival.

Aside from the dubious monetary allocations being debated in the Committee on Appropriations when it again meets on Wednesday, Greenpeace is questioning the entire premise of the bill which falsely and misleadingly presupposes that the only way to stop climate change and achieve energy security is through nuclear power.

"Our Congressmen must face the simple, indisputable facts: 1) Nuclear power is the most dangerous way to generate electricity, there is also no known scientific solution to safely storing plutonium, its deadly radioactive waste-product which remains radiotoxic for 200,000 years; 2) it is the most expensive source of power: aside from pricey construction costs, nuclear power involves expenses for decommissioning, as well as storage for nuclear waste, each of which can cost as much as a new power plant; 3) it cannot solve climate change--the contribution it can potentially make is negligible, especially if you consider that the processing of uranium as fuel uses so much electricity, and 4) importing more fuel, in this case uranium, is not the way to achieve energy security," said Baconguis.

Greenpeace asserts that the government should instead focus on massively expanding our renewable energy capacity and promoting energy efficiency

standards and technologies.  Renewable energy is the safest and cheapest source of power available, aside from being a key solution to climate change and energy security.  RE technologies also can and do supply electricity as reliably as traditional baseload plants, and even more reliably than nuclear plants.

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As part of our campaign, we are asking people to email or fax their representatives to ask them not to support the BNPP revival.

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