Should Korea rethink nuclear energy?

Edited version published in Joongang Daily, March 30, 2011: http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2934146

A recent revelation that Korea’s nuclear reactors broke down 89 times over the past 10 years due to malfunctions warrants a reflection over the country’s ambitious pursuit for nuclear energy. Korea, always dubbed as an economic model for developing nations, is also the world’s fifth largest nuclear power producer and the second-largest in Asia after Japan. It operates 21 nuclear reactors which provide about 40 percent of the national power supply.

While there are undeniable benefits of nuclear energy in providing the capacity of electricity needed for homes, institutions and industries, the cost and safety concerns involved in nuclear energy production is undoubtedly colossal and Read the rest of this entry »

Japan nuclear crisis should stir deliberations for energy alternatives

As Japan frantically fights to prevent power reactors meltdown following last week’s overwhelming earthquake and tsunami, I entreat that the world takes a hiatus and reflect. Perhaps I’m in a panic – or have I immersed myself too deep into junk news and analysis? Whatever the case, I have a right to choose hermeneutic of suspicion and doubt if we are being told only but the truth about the Fukushima radiation levels. The facts are neither consistent nor convincing. For the benefit of doubt though, Read the rest of this entry »

Wanted: A breeze through our cultural philosophies

C.S. Lewis was a profound thinker whose maiden writings and thoughts inspired many. He once argued that every culture has its own blind spots, its own viewpoint. And from that stance, it superficially perceives certain truths especially predisposed to make certain blunders. Lewis himself was zealous about this view suggesting that people ought to read old books. As a principle, he made himself a rule to read an old book for every new one or at least one for every three news Read the rest of this entry »

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