Published on May 11th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom8
After Fukushima, Japan says no more nukes
Japan is scrapping plans to get half its power from nuclear reactors. Leaving us to wonder what took them so long.
Two months after the earthquake that trashed the Fukushima reactor complex they appear no closer to getting that mess cleaned up, while the experts debate whether this disaster is as bad as Chernobyl, or worse.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference that his country will now focus on renewable energy such as wind and solar, and conservation.
“I believe the government bears a major responsibility for having promoted nuclear energy as national policy. I apologize to the people for failing to prevent the nuclear accident,” Kan said.
80,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, and it could be six to eight more MONTHS before these people can return to their lives. You don’t have that kind of problem after a breakdown of a wind or solar plant.
Meanwhile, on Monday the Hamaoka nuclear power facility was shut down pending a safety review and upgrade. The plant has the same design as Fukushima, is likewise sited by the sea, and is likewise in a critical earthquake zone on a major fault line.
Again, the only question is – What were they thinking, building in the first place?
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- US government says “Don’t take iodine or kelp”. That’s wrong
- Japan melts down, Europe backs off, but US says “Full speed ahead”
- After Japan quake, new questions about nuclear power
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- TED Talk: Pro vs Con on Nuclear Energy
- Obama Budget Cuts Oil Money, Adds Renewables