Despite the ongoing environmental and health dangers related to the Fukushima I nuclear meltdowns in Japan, some Asian nations are still entertaining the notion of developing nuclear power from scratch. Indonesia is one such example. It has been said that Indonesia needs more power for its growing industrial sectors. And the world as a whole needs eco-friendly power sources to stop climate change reaching globally catastrophic levels. So, to encourage these endeavors, should Indonesia develop nuclear power? The answer is ‘no’. If nuclear power is forced upon Indonesia by its Government and industries, then the people there and their environment as well will not only be just as vulnerable to climate change, they will also be subjected to costly catastrophic accidents, chronic radioactive pollution and the threat of nuclear terrorism.
Key words: Indonesia, nuclear, energy, development, pollution, disaster.
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