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Japan to be nuclear free as last reactor switched off
AFP/Fox ^ | September 15, 2013

Posted on 09/15/2013 1:59:07 AM PDT by nickcarraway

apan is to start the process of switching off its last working nuclear reactor Sunday for a scheduled inspection with no restart in sight due to public hostility towards atomic power. The move will leave the world's third largest economy without atomic energy for the second time since the Fukushima crisis erupted in March 2011.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/15/japan-to-be-nuclear-free-as-last-reactor-switched-off/#ixzz2ewy6EeAV

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1 posted on 09/15/2013 1:59:07 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

How much of Japan’s total generating capacity do the downed nukes represent?


2 posted on 09/15/2013 2:03:57 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

ping for further information


3 posted on 09/15/2013 2:27:17 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: dayglored

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-G-N/Japan/#.UjWDNkvwZmU

“The country’s 50 main reactors have provided some 30% of the country’s electricity and this was expected to increase to at least 40% by 2017. The prospect now is for about half of this.”


4 posted on 09/15/2013 2:53:32 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: nickcarraway

Edgar Casey prophesized that Japan must fall into the sea. Their troubles are just beginning. It will get much worse despite their best efforts. They nuked themselves back to the stone age in a sense. Unable to make up the power loss, will they once again strike out against the world in search of energy?


5 posted on 09/15/2013 5:25:40 AM PDT by Deathtomarxists (hillarie's feet stink - trust me - i knew her pedicurists!)
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To: nickcarraway
Unlike most civilized countries Japan just might have a legitimate reason to be wary of nuke plants today.Take Hiroshima and Nagasaki and add to that the earthquake and tsunami and you can at least begin to see why.Their move,it seems to me,is likely to adversely affect oil prices...unless they intend to build a *lot* of windmills.

Germany's recent position on nuke plants,OTOH,makes no sense at all.Just more Marxist BS from Euroweenies.But then Marx *was* a German.

6 posted on 09/15/2013 5:32:50 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Deathtomarxists
Japan's alternatives:


7 posted on 09/15/2013 6:26:39 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: nickcarraway

Like anything else nuclear power is not without risks. But when one builds a nuclear plant where it is known to have tsunamis’ at regular intervals seems to be foolhardy to say the least.


8 posted on 09/15/2013 6:28:25 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: ontap

Sometimes, the risks are too high.


9 posted on 09/15/2013 7:02:23 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: nickcarraway

As I recall Japan has neither oil or natural gas resources and little coal so what are they going to do for power when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine?


10 posted on 09/15/2013 7:33:45 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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they can choose to be nuclear free but they have no say in being radiation free.GE and Toshiba sealed their fate.

And much the rest the fate of their neighbors.

Every day 400 tonnes of radioactive water is created in Fukushima. In comparison to Fukushima, Chernobyl was minor incident and Three Mile Island was non-event.

11 posted on 09/15/2013 9:15:28 AM PDT by DTA (Hands off Syria !)
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To: ontap
Like anything else nuclear power is not without risks. But when one builds a nuclear plant where it is known to have tsunamis’ at regular intervals seems to be foolhardy to say the least.

It wasn't the tsunami or the earthquake that caused the primary failure, which if you think about it is amazing given the mind-blowing, record-splintering size and scope of this incredible earthquake and devastating tsunami. What caused the failure was the extended loss of power to the generating station.

There are new designs - newer than the 50-year-old designs at Fukushima though that's not saying much - that fail completely passively. They do not require pumps or any other active cooling when shut down, instead relying on the laws of physics like gravity and convection.

But given the massive regulatory hurdles involved in building a new nuclear power plant, they were forced to keep 40-year-old reactors running to keep people from freezing to death in the winter, instead of replacing them with new passively safe reactors the designs of which incorporate decades of operational experience and institutional knowledge.

12 posted on 09/15/2013 5:55:42 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: The Great RJ
As I recall Japan has neither oil or natural gas resources and little coal so what are they going to do for power when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine?

Maybe when enough people freeze to death or choke on horrific fossil-fuel smog, they'll reconsider their decision.

13 posted on 09/15/2013 5:57:20 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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