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Thursday, May 12, 2011

BURYING THE NUCLEAR FISSION COFFIN

With my Huffington Post article on:


Why Worry About Fukushima When Hiroshima and Nagasaki Are Safe?


I screwed the cover on the nuclear fission coffin.  Today, rest in Hell, I bury this coffin.

Three items today provide the final eulogy for nuclear power in the world:

1.  From the Japan Times this morning, Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan announced that they would be scrapping their national goal to increase nuclear from 30% to 50% by 2030 and instead add these pillars:  renewable energy and conservation.  Amazing how a country can so quickly shift gears, as it was only on May 9 that this same Prime Minister reaffirmed Japan's commitment to nuclear energy.  They will also be shutting down those powerplants at potentially serious earthquake prone sites.  Tokyo will suffer this summer because Tokyo Electric Power Company at a maximum generation rate would fall 10% of demand.  They are "hoping" for significant immediate conservation, but will most probably need to consider rolling blackouts.  In any society, though, there are differing opinions.   Seven percent of those polled in the country want to increase nuclear power construction.  When it comes to global warming and similar issues, any 7% group, well funded, can significantly affect public attitude.

2.  A committee convened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel advised yesterday that they close ALL nuclear powerplants by 2021.  Germany would need to find substitutes to replace almost a quarter of electricity generation sources, plus any expansion over the next decade.  Italy and Switzerland have already stopped any development of new nuclear reactors.

3.  The Las Vegas Sun this morning had a two-page article on the "unsafety" of American nuclear reactors:


  b.  Our 104 nuclear reactors are aging, with more than half at least 30 years old, providing 20% of our electricity.  They are hitting the 40-year operational period and are already asking for a 20-year extension.  But can you believe that 62 EXTENTIONS have already been approved???  I wonder how many knew this?  Would you want to live close to a 60-year old nuclear powerplant?


Our country has not yet learned the Fukushima lesson, as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not share much information, while the Obama Administration endorses this pathway and has approved billions in loan guarantees. The Energy Information Administration expects a 20% increase in nuclear power in the next 20 years.

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