According to Asia Society Global Council Co-Chair Simon Tay Japan's Fukushima nuclear distaster should have a "transformative impact" on the energy strategies for the rest of Asia. On a recent visit to the Asia Society in New York, Tay said:
Asia is in a dilemma. They do need more energy. And if we think about environment and climate change, we don't want them using the most abundant source of energy that they have, which is coal. So we've got to be looking for a solution. I am not saying at this stage that nuclear energy can't be a part of this solution, but certainly a due process, deliberate, careful, methodical — rather than rushing ahead — is the right answer.
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay speaks to Asia Society about nuclear energy [AsiaSoc, 13 May 2011]