The New Nation, which bills itself as “Bangladesh’s independent news source” published an editorial on June 19, 2006 titled The nuclear power option. It provides a very reasonable comparison between various ways of producing the power needed to help raise Bangladesh out of poverty. I admire the concluding paragraph:
Therefore, the case for Bangladesh to plan for large scale generation of nuclear power should be examined with seriousness. Nuclear power generation is also cheap. Counting out the initial establishment costs, the per unit of electricity generated from nuclear power plant is said to be much like that of a coal or gas fired plant. Bangladesh would do best to get Chinese assistance to build a number of nuclear power plants and train manpower for the purpose within a short time-frame. Possibilities for similar cooperation may be explored also with other countries.