China to Build More Nuke Power Plants
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Oct 26, 2012, 11:01 PM

Atom China.jpgBEIJING:  Despite safety concerns, China has made the right decision to re-start construction of nuclear reactors. Boosting the nation's energy supply remains pivotal for sustaining long-term economic developments in the country.

China is already the world's largest energy consumer, but 70 percent of its power comes from coal. Li Zuojun, an economist at the Institute of Resources and Environmental Policies with the State Council's Development Research Center, expressed grave concerns over a nationwide dependency on coal.

"China's energy consumption is highly reliant on abundant coal, which leads to serious environmental problems." 

The nation should encourage the production of more alternative sources of energy. Accordingly, it seemed that just a few years ago nuclear energy would become a crucial part of that solution.

Beijing officials had outlined a Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) to permit the construction of as many as 40 nuclear energy projects to dot the landscape in at least seven inland provinces.

The proposal sounded exciting, since it could reduce carbon emissions, and act as an efficient producer of electricity. Plants would hire many nuclear scientists and offer much-needed jobs for local residents at sites.

Nevertheless, the brilliant dream was shattered on March 2011, when a massive earthquake and tidal wave struck Japan and inflicted catastrophic damage on the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which ignited radioactive fallout in the region.

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