In December 2009, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak made a commitment in Copenhagen, Denmark to reduce Malaysia’s emissions intensity of GDP by the year 2020 compared to the 2005 levels.
The concern about greenhouse emissions is a global issue. Greenhouse gases are trapping the heat energy from the sun in the earth’s atmosphere and are causing a phenomenon known as ‘global warming’.
In Peninsular Malaysia, as well as most parts of the developed and developing world, we derive our energy sources from fossil fuel. We convert the stored energy inside fossil fuels into base-load electricity through a process called combustion. The combustion of fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide which is then released into the atmosphere as greenhouse gas.
Energy from uranium can also be converted into base-load electricity – without going through the combustion process! Energy from uranium is produced through atomic reactions which generates enough heat to produce steam driving an electricity generator. Thus, electricity produced from the energy stored in uranium emits no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases that threaten the planet’s climate.
By retiring our old fossil fuel plants and replacing them with new nuclear power plants, we cut down on our carbon dioxide emissions.
By building new nuclear power plants, we are taking the first step towards taking back control of our planet, thus fulfilling our purpose of existence. We remain the only creatures on the planet that can destroy our home, yet at the same time, we remain the only creatures on this planet to wield the power and the will to save it.