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Japan's Future -- Fossil or Nuclear?

Forbes -- How will Japan meet its energy demands in the next two decades? There are two short-term choices: 1) decommission all nuclear plants and replace them with new fossil fuel plants, or 2) restart the nuclear fleet and upgrade their capacity to replace the lost capacity of the Fukushima plants. There are some variations on these two, e.g., shut down only the oldest plants (twelve pre-date 1980), build a few new gas plants, or adjust the particular mix of coal versus gas, but the economic and environmental costs of these two paths are vastly different.

Japan had planned to increase renewables, increase energy efficiency and replace old nuclear plants with new ones, but this is now shelved in the aftermath of the tsunami. The problem is that Japan has no significant energy resources.


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Submitted Jul 30, 2012 By: Mudsprings
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honda0105
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reduce, reuse, recycle and waste less overall.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 5:40:58 AM

Hmmmm ... title of the post is certainly DIFFERENT than the article!

"Japan Would Be Crazy Not To Refocus On Nuclear"
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 11:32:21 PM

Make a decision or they won't have a future.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 9:20:26 PM

nuk
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:17:23 PM

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) has proven time and again that they can't be trusted.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:39:40 PM

Excellent article.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 10:32:49 AM

Nukes are cheap, clean and safe. Fukushima was a one off occurrence - an old plant that should have been retired located in an extremely dangerous place. How many deaths from Fukushima? Zero. How many people die from natural gas explosions in their homes every year? Plenty - but we think nothing of using natural gas everywhere. Rooftop solar is more dangerous than nukes.

Deaths by Energy Source

"Last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster has not led to any deaths or illnesses from radiation so far, but has caused social and psychological problems, UN radiation experts say.

Cancer rates will not rise significantly in Japan, according to interim findings by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).

"The add-on effect of this radiation will be low and will not be observable scientifically," said Wolfgang Weiss, the German government radiation expert who heads the panel of scientists."
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 10:00:22 AM

They need to apply the lessons learned from Fukushima to tsunami-proof the rest of their nukes.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 8:59:43 AM

Nuclear is the way to go.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 8:54:10 AM

Nuclear seems to be the best option for Japan.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 7:46:10 AM

Several alternatives, but nuclear could still be safe.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 7:03:34 AM

Solar and wind could provide only a small part of Japan's energy needs. Since Japan needs to import essentially all their carbon-based energy, nuclear is just about the only logical source of base-load power.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 7:02:21 AM

It look as if the choice that Japan makes will affect us all. I hope the future does not include an increase of fossil fuels. Lets keep this rock we live on cool.
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There has to be an answer for all of us..............
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A decision I don't have to make.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:57:39 AM

Must be some safe modern nuclear.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:56:06 AM

Rock, mean hard place.

There is no easy answer for this situation.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:53:24 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:52:05 AM

That is a pickle for them.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:52:00 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:51:46 AM

Why do I care?
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:51:30 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:50:51 AM

Maybe the EPA should go bother Japan for a while, and give this country a break. We could sure do without them.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:50:41 AM

ok
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Don't care....
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:50:15 AM

Nukes
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:49:56 AM

We need solar and wind power.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:49:35 AM

Build nuclear that run on old rods that still have active energy. Thare are plenty of them that we don't know what to do with them.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:49:24 AM

?
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Don't tell Barrack that they are going to go to fossil fuels.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:48:57 AM

Who cares anyway? That's Japan's problem. We have our own problem...it's Barry "Big Ears" (Big Liar) Hussein Obammie.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:48:44 AM

How will we??
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:48:29 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:48:25 AM

Do away with outdated plants.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:47:31 AM

does it really matter
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:46:53 AM

And how does this affect our gas prices?
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oK
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Who cres!
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:45:41 AM

Nuclear is a very dirty energy choice.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:45:24 AM

as long as there are no more earthquakes
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Neither
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:45:03 AM

How about not building future nuclear plants in an area that could be threatened with a tsunami?
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:44:44 AM

which ever is safer and cheaper
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Ok
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....
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:44:00 AM

Interesting article.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:43:37 AM

Nuke plants on higher ground sounds great but let's not forget the Country is on earthquake prone islands.
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Where's Godzilla when you need him?
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:41:34 AM

stay with nuclear
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 6:40:23 AM

Seems like they'll need to stay with nuclear.
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