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Civil Society and Energy

Countries around the globe continue to search for more energy and in the process assert their right to pursue nuclear energy. Energy and sustainability are highly controversial issues around the world, as demonstrated by civil society's impassioned responses.

"Nearly all ASEAN countries have expressed nuclear ambitions, though Vietnam and Indonesia have demonstrated the most commitment. Civil society protests could derail Thailand's plans in the same way that activists have successfully blocked the construction of new coal plants. Data has yet to be publicly released forecasting the level-listed costs of nuclear-based electricity, which could ultimately exceed existing costs until teething problems are resolved and load factors stabilized."

Implications from Institute for the Future:

Thailand's almost universal access to electricity (99% in rural communities and 100% in urban) allows the citizens the luxury of thinking about where it comes from.

The nuclear debate will continue to play a large role on a global scale and countries will continue to assert their autonomy in their pursuit of nuclear energy. While we mostly hear about Iran's efforts to build nuclear capacity due to the highly politicized aspects of their campaign and US-Iran relations, it is safe to say that many countries throughout the globe are planning to build nuclear energy.

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LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, October 2010 part 2, pg. 1: