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Japan Drops Nukes then Reverses Policy

A few days ago, the Japanese government announced its plans to begin to phase out nuclear power with the country aiming to end all nuclear power by 2040. But less than a week later, the announced policy policy was already backing away from that commitment.

Of course, Japan suffered an enormous environmental crisis in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami when the spionline.com.au Fukushima nuclear reactor complex suffered a series of explosions and meltdowns of some of the reactors, contaminating the region with radioactive material. There has been strong public sentiment in Japan favoring an end to the use of nuclear power in the aftermath of http://www.rickgenest.com/generic-cialis-overnight the crisis.

The government had initially announced plans to end all nuclear power by 2040. But only a few days later, this decision was evidently reversed in an announcement of the new energy policy that leaves more room for continuing use of nuclear power. Business interests had lobbied hard for changes in the policy.

Other countries have taken steps to phase out nuclear power, but they generally have stronger programs of renewable power already in place. Japan is particularly poor in fossil fuel resources, but could be well situated for renewable sources including wind, wave, and tidal, as well as solar.

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Japan needs nuclear power, but not the type they have
written by Eletruk, September 25, 2012
Newer nuclear power options rather than the ones based on GE selling fuel rods when only 20% consumed. Thorium reactors, or LFTRs are the future, safer cleaner and much more Thorium is available than Fissile Uranium.
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Japan needs thorium reactors
written by furburger, September 26, 2012
I agree with Eletruk. Japan does need nuclear power. It is the only viable baseload solution for them. I know there is a tremendous amount of energy in tsunami waves, but they are not frequent enough to www.beverly.org provide a base load. Renewables simply don't cut it.

People should not automatically equate nuclear with 'bad' and renewable with 'good', that kind of thinking is for morons.
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make lemonaide?
written by sarah, September 27, 2012
What happened was really terrible and devastating,and what happened, tsunami wise, could not have been predicted, tsunami's of that amount of destruction, seriously, have only made it into the written record a handful of times. We can't base our whole economic futures on levitra label the possibility that lightning may strike twice in the same place...though being more cautious around electricity in the future would be wise. however, I think japan has to see it's disaster as a resource now. cleaning up that area will take decades. farm land is http://www.y-e-n.net/how-to-get-cialis-in-canada lost, homeland is lost, but what is contaminated soil good for? well, why not build a nuclear reactor right about where the melted down reactors are? as the land wont be safe for some time for anything else... clear a clean path for a road, clear a clean space in the middle of the bulls-eye and put an other one up.... then you essentially have a nuclear reactor in the middle of a giant radioactive mote. Then remove rings from the outside of levitra uk the target area in. by the time you remove or clean or process 50 mile radius worth of soil, you'll be at the cheap discount online tramadol center again ready to recondition or take down your nuclear reactor again. obviously im being very general but what else is the land good for right now and 50 mg viagra from canadian pharmacy for a long time from now? so just like other garbage landfills etc., why not look at it as a resource?
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written by gurjeet, October 03, 2012
so just like other garbage landfills etc., why not look at it as a resource?
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A Renewable Powerplant of a Nation.
written by David Hurt, October 07, 2012
With all of Japan's Potential for renewable energy, I could easily see it becoming a net energy exporter.

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written by Slowking, November 11, 2012
I call bullshit on all the people saying "Japan needs nuclear power".
If any country in the world can support themselfs from only renewables it's Japan.
They have a lot of mountains so that gives the the options of hydroelectric power -> baseload.
Also geothermal, since the earths crust is pretty thin -> baseload.

So with that we covered the baseload. For the rest: In the south solar would be a great option. All around the country you could use wind, wave and tidal power.
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Reverses Policy
written by Kevin Right, October 24, 2013
Though their Potential for renewable energy and its becoming an exporter of net energy...Fukusima has shown us all the variety of www.aldentheatre.org related problems for this.

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