06 Sep '11, 12am

Lee Kuan Yew on nuclear power, how to combat rising food prices, and if S'porean youths are now more politically aware

Student: We know Singapore is trying to be self-sufficient in terms of water. But with regards to energy, do you think that it is inevitable for Singapore to have nuclear power? If that's the case, what challenges do you think Singapore will face? Mr Lee Kuan Yew: Eventually every country will have to consider nuclear power because we have a completely carbon-based economy, either coal or oil, earth warming will become a dangerous biological change for everybody with rising sea levels. Can it be managed after the fearful event at Fukushima where an earthquake and a tsunami and the breakdown of the nuclear power station? Yes, I think it can. And it must because there is no other choice. Mine may be a minority view at present but you look at the alternative, burn all the coal, burn all the oil or gas, warm up the earth, sea levels rise ... So, can it (nuclear power) be made ...

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