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Yippee! Japan Won’t Increase Nuke Energy

From a victorious Associated Press:

Japan to scrap plan to boost nuke energy to 50 pct

By Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press
May 10, 2011

TOKYO – Japan will scrap a plan to increase nuclear power from 30 percent to half of the nation’s energy source by 2030 and will promote renewable energy as a result of its ongoing nuclear crisis, the prime minister said Tuesday.

Let’s remember to check back five or ten years from now, to see how this has worked out. Somehow we suspect they will have changed their minds.

Naoto Kan told a news conference that Japan needs to "start from scratch" on its long-term energy policy after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was heavily damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and has been leaking radiation ever since.

They don’t need to "start from scratch." They just need to build higher walls to protect their generators, when they are close to the ocean. The tsunami overtopped the 16 foot high sea walls the Japanese had in place to protect the power source for the Fukushima cooling system.

It might also help to build new nuclear plants, so Japa isn’t dependent on ones built more than thirty years ago. Plants which have already outlived their original lifespan.

Kan said nuclear and fossil fuel used to be the pillars of Japanese energy policy but now it will add two more — renewable energy such as solar, wind and biomass, and a conservation-oriented society.

"We will thoroughly ensure safety for nuclear power generation and make efforts to further promote renewable energy," an area where Japan has lagged behind Europe and the U.S., he said.

What Luddites they are – going with nuclear power when they could be using windmills.

Kan also said he would take a pay cut beginning in June until the Fukushima nuclear crisis is resolved to take responsibility as part of the government that has promoted nuclear energy. He didn’t specify how much of a pay cut he would take

So the Prime Minister is going to take a cut in pay to punish himself for what he sees as an error? If our politicians followed suit, they would soon be working for free.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Yippee! Japan Won’t Increase Nuke Energy”

  1. Right of the People says:

    The Japanese always were big into suicide for whatever reason because that’s what this is, economic Harri-Kari.

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