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Four months after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan triggering the worst nuclear energy crisis since Chernobyl, the country’s Prime Minister has finally addressed Japan’s energy future. In a statement released yesterday, Naoto Kan said that his country should learn from the disaster and phase out its use of nuclear power. “We should seek a society that does not rely on nuclear energy,” Kan said. “We should gradually and systematically reduce reliance on nuclear power and eventually aim at a society where people can live without nuclear power plants.” For a country that receives 30 percent of its energy from 54 reactors, reducing its use of nuclear energy will be a huge change.

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  1. FRE July 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Japan got along jut fine before the advent of nuclear power. In earlier times, most Japanese supported themselves by subsistence farming. It may be challenging, but they can return to that mode of living. People who have been away from farming for generations will have to be taught how to farm. They will have to return to using animal power for plowing, transportation, etc. Their ancestors did it; so can they.

    Here in the U.S. and in other places in the world, we will have to make the same adjustments to phase out nuclear power. But nuclear power is so dangerous that there is no alternative. Renewable power can provide power for a few lights and telephones, but that’s about it.

    If safety requires major changes in the way we live, we will just have to learn to accept it.

  2. Daroy July 15, 2011 at 8:54 am

    A wise decision, though I doubt that ‘classic’ green energy alternatives will be sufficient to cover this country’s electricity needs without a considerable shift in consumer habits. The most promising possibility I see at this time is the swift development of space-based solar power, preferably in cooperation with other nations.

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