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Indonesia and Philippines are smart to make nuclear power plans

Fossil fuels are terrible for environment and renewables are not always available

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The nuclear reactor inside the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong town, Philippines, pictured in September 2016: public acceptance is the biggest challenge.   © LightRocket/Getty Images

Jun Arima is Senior Policy Fellow on Energy and Environment at ERIA, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia.

Even though critics say building nuclear power plants is an expensive and environmentally unfriendly strategy, at least two nations in Southeast Asia are keen on it: both Indonesia and the Philippines have recently proposed reviving plans for nuclear energy.

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