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Fukushima's Legacy: What Future Does Nuclear Power Have in Japan?


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Cal
- 933 days ago - spiegel.de
Almost a year after the Fukushima disaster, 52 of Japan's 54 nuclear power plants have been shut down. The reactor explosion destroyed the population's trust in nuclear energy.But the atomic lobby -- and the country's industrial needs -- could block a pos



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wolfNoFwdsPls a. (135)
Friday March 2, 2012, 3:37 am
> the country's industrial needs
arrrghhhh. "NEEDS" ?? "the COUNTRY's needs"??? Read : " the wants and whims of the 0.01 %, aka. as the few top-a$$holes
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" The nuclear establishment is conducting a war against humanity. " -- John Gofman (1918-2007), former advisor to the [US] Atomic Energy Commission; quoted in (recommended reading:) "Wings of Death" (1995) by "Chris Busby

" The probable fate of our species is extermination by poisoning. "
-- Rosalie Bertel (epidemiologist)
-- -- quoted in "What We Leave Behind", 2009, (a *highly* recommendable book) by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 2, 2012, 4:07 am
noted
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday March 2, 2012, 4:19 am
I hope no future for nuclear at all!!!
 

Bill K. (23)
Friday March 2, 2012, 5:01 am
no nukes is good nukes
 

Les M. (7)
Friday March 2, 2012, 5:07 am
recovery has been extremely slow and there is much miscontent with the government. this tragedy will hopefully clean out the baggage in gov't. and those that are concerned with the people and environment will be hired and have good short and long range plans.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Friday March 2, 2012, 6:11 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

. (0)
Friday March 2, 2012, 7:02 am
Noted, thank you.
 

John S. (304)
Friday March 2, 2012, 7:42 am
Good question.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday March 2, 2012, 8:49 am
Hopefully no future and that Japan will join Germany in showing the rest of the world how to end its use safely.
 

Vicki P. (124)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:03 am
Thank-you Cal ♥
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:36 am
love the concept of nuclear being GHG limited, but way too dangerous in other ways....wish humanity would put our time/money/efforts into conservation and safer/cleaner options.....wind, wave/tidaly, thermal/geothermal, solar.....
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:58 am
Hopefully this tragedy will make people in Japan and the world over really think about the dangers of nuclear energy. It may be cheap, but at wha tprice to the environment and mankind. Renewable energy resources are the only way to go. This sickening dependence the world has on coal, oil, nuclear, fossil fuels etc., will be the death of us all. Thanks Cal.
 

Sue H. (7)
Friday March 2, 2012, 10:01 am
This is a never ending heartbreaking story. We can only hope that the government will swiftly adopt other means
of power. If you look at photos of current day Chernobyl (sp?) and the surrounding area, it's frightening. Rivers
still run full of toxic waste....but, trees, vegetation and some wildlife are thriving there. Packs of wolves use decaying buildings to over winter. ? Sadly, Japan does not have vast uninhabited areas to relocate its citizens to.
I don't understand why they think they can power wash or bull doze the contamination away though.
Very moving article Cal, thanks for posting.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday March 2, 2012, 10:01 am
Another dreadful "legacy" of that tsunami is the raft of debris which WILL be impacting the US soon!
 

Ra Sc (8)
Friday March 2, 2012, 2:54 pm
Nuclear accidents are particularly hard on Japan, because their country is so small space-wise and so dense in population. An accident creates a chunk of contaminated land, and thus an ongoing decrease in usable land to a country that cannot easily afford that.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday March 2, 2012, 3:36 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (631)
Friday March 2, 2012, 4:11 pm
noted, thank you so much Cal
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday March 2, 2012, 5:10 pm
Someone didn't read their history lessons. The USA had an early accident that resulted in a major controls redesign of all USA reactors, then a few relatively minor mishaps before another major accident proved the effectiveness of the initial redesigns. The early mishap steam-exploded a core in the middle of the desert; the second one painted the inside of a containment with bits of reactor core. The Russians had the major contamination and burning core accidents, then Japan had a badly maintained casualty cooling system cause the roasting of a major power reactor. Here in the USA, a power reactor shut down for an earthquake, then restarted after a safety inspection (its casualty cooling systems were maintained and worked). It's all in how the plants are maintained!
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Friday March 2, 2012, 8:51 pm
Let me be clear on this. THERE IS NO SAFE NUCLEAR POWER. IT IS ALWAYS A RISK. THE NUMBER OF THINGS THAT CAN GO WRONG ARE ENORMOUS AND IN THE END THE COST IS ENORMOUS. Alternatives are needed.
 

William K. (328)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:37 pm
Nuclear power and majorly active tectonic regions do not mix, obviously. Japan is in a difficult situation now: of they back off of nuclear, where will they get their energy from?
 

KS Goh (0)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 1:10 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 5:01 am
noted
 

Tim C. (1896)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 12:00 pm
ty
 

Jane H. (135)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 12:43 pm
hopefully, Japan can use the sea waves and wind as well as solar ro replace nuclear energy----very interesting article.
 

Mori H. (0)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 12:55 pm
I was living in Japan in 2010- 2011. I was in Tokyo on 3.11.. let me be clear.. THERE IS NO SAFE NUCLEAR.. nothing ever will surpass Mother Nature's power and the power of man to make a mistake and in Nuclear Power it only works on paper and in theory as people always make a mistake, computers make mistakes too. There is no reasonable person who would saddle future generation with the waste and management this horror show of so called energy requires. We have to make changes in the way we live and we have to live in harmony with Nature or Nature will go on without us. We are not necessary to the planet, but we sure need Mother Earth. So let's start treating our home with kindness and think about ways to change our lives. BTW the Japanese do not need Nuclear for energy, they are one of the most geothermal spots on the planet.. look at what Iceland has done, and for sure Japan can do this and more.. NO NUKES! PEACE...
 

Elizabeth M. (67)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 1:20 pm
Noted with thanks for this very interesting article. Japan, in my opinion would not be very smart to go nuclear again, especially being an active earthquake zone. I hope they find that wind power and solar can give them enough power. Looks like that it will be years before any real clean up will be done, as where are they going to store the nuclear after mass?
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 1:56 pm
none, hopefully.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 4:31 pm
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