Climate activists oppose nuclear energy as Marcos signs deal at APEC
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) on Friday balked at the new nuclear agreement signed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. welcoming American exports of nuclear fuel and other equipment.
The PMCJ said that it “vehemently opposes nuclear energy in the country, advocating for a shift towards sustainable solutions.”
Marcos signed the agreement in San Francisco during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, saying that it would pave the way for clean energy in the Philippines.
“Nuclear energy, touted for clean energy, releases pollutants worsening the planet’s temperature. The resulting radioactive waste persists for years, often irresponsibly dumped or stored, lacking proper technology for disposal,” said the PMCJ in a statement.
“The 123 Agreement pledges positive outcomes, yet why not invest in proven sustainable alternatives like renewable energy?” asked the PMCJ.