Lee Yuan-tseh, nobel prize winner, cannot compromise ideology and pseudoscience to what he knows, so he finally spoke out in favour of Nuclear Plant #4, albeit a few years late he was.
What are the issues about nuclear energy?
- It is cleaner, emits less CO2 than fossil fuel
- It can last millions of years for human being, fossil fuel last for a thousand at most, some said a couple hundred or less
- It is safe, given proper management practice
- We still have the opportunity to replace nuclear power with more natural energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, vegetable oil, ethanol, etc. Though the only candidate that can generate enough energy to replace fossil fuel cleanly are probably solar, and nuclear fusion.
- For more see here
Total Fuel Percentage by Nuclear Power
Percentage Electricity Generated by Nuclear Power
Now see where China is at the chart, think about the soaring demand and price recently. China should have built a lot more nuclear power plants in the 1980s and 1990s. I have no idea why such a crucial and strategic issue has been overlooked all these years. Someone need to be held responsible. Perhaps that person is Li Peng, who let his educational background (hydroelectric power) biased a more rational debate and decision making process.
Related: An excellent account of Chernobyl aftermath by Elena Filatova. Equipped with a Geiger counter, she travelled through the ghost towns near Chernobyl, in Ukraine and Bylorussia, giving you lessons on alpha, beta and gamma radiation. Meanwhile, tons of pitctures on the area today, and the 'frozen' pictures inside the Soviet era apartments of 1986. Some said it is an exxaggerated (or frauded) account, but the phtotos are still amazing and I found her narrative (whether she travelled there in tour group or motorbike does not really matter) credible.