Consumers Association of Penang

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Nuclear in Malaysia: Shortsightedness in a greening global economy

By Ken Yeong

Every Malaysian must decide if nuclear power is the right choice for our nation. The keyword here is choice because there is now an increasing number of truly clean and renewable energy in solar, wind, tidal, wave, etc. For some, however, the threat of climate change and peak oil has forced a false dilemma of either nuclear or unabated global warming.

The recent UK Sustainable Development Commission answered a clear 'No' to nuclear as a solution to our energy and climate crisis. Nuclear is neither renewable nor clean. Nuclear is not only potentially catastrophic to human lives, but is also now economically, socially and environmentally inferior to the new technologies mentioned.

Move towards zero waste, incineration not the answer

incineratorThe Malaysian government is heading the wrong way in managing municipal solid waste.  It is reported that the government has plans to build more incinerators in the country. The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) opposes incineration and other end-of-pipe interventions.

The public bears the financial burden of all types of incineration or landfilling. Costs to local governments will escalate, and communities would end up paying with tax money and public health costs. Alternatively, waste minimization, recycling and composting make more sense economically than either incineration or landfilling.

GM Mosquitoes: Government is Liable

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are very disturbed and disappointed with the Malaysian government for approving the release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes for field testing.  The government must be accountable and held liable if anything untoward happens if they proceed with this trial release.

Healthy growth of renewable energy

By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Director, Institute of Science in Society

renewable-energyDespite the severe downturn of the global economy in 2009, renewable energy continued its meteoric rise. At the end of 2009, fully one quarter of global power capacity (1230 GW) is renewable, delivering 18% of global electricity supply, according to the report issued by the Renewable Energy Network for the 21 Century (REN21). This is more than three times the global nuclear generating capacity and about 38% the capacity of fossil fuel-burning power plants worldwide. Renewable energy is “hitting a tipping point”, said Christopher Flavin of Worldwatch Institute, one of the seven authors of the report, “There is now good reason to be optimistic.”

Rethink plan to release GM mosquitoes

THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked to note the statement by the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, as reported by the media yesterday, that field testing for genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes has been approved by the National Biosafety Board.

This, despite the globally acknowledged fact that anything that is genetically modified, plant or animal, is not stable.