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« on: May 05, 2012, 03:24:31 PM »

Nuclear Shutdown Nears In Japan

Barring an unexpected turnaround, Japan this weekend will become a nuclear-free nation for the first time in more than four decades, at least temporarily.

Japan's leaders have made increasingly desperate attempts in recent months to avoid just such a scenario, trying to restart plants shut for routine maintenance and kept that way while they sought to convince a skittish public that the reactors were safe after last year's nuclear catastrophe. But the government has run up against a crippling public distrust that recently found a powerful voice in local leaders orchestrating a rare challenge to Tokyo's centralized power.

As the last of 50 functional commercial reactors is set to go offline today, that local resistance to turning plants back on has confronted Japan's leaders with a grim scenario: With the nation's once-vaunted balance of trade already deteriorating, they now face the looming prospect of summer power shortages that could drive still more factories to close or move abroad...
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 03:56:26 PM »

this sounds like cutting off the nose to spite the face. despite the obvious and reasonable fear I hope they find a feasible and responsible solution other than the lights out option.
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 03:42:15 PM »

This is a really bad idea. Contrary to popular belief, nuclear power right now is the most practical source of power because it is cheap, abundant and clean if regulations are followed. Yes it can be dangerous and hazardous if not dealt with properly, but so can everything. And what is Japan going to do now? Revert to coil plants? That is even worse for the environment.
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012, 04:18:14 PM »

Actualy, I wouldn't say so. We are doing pretty well without nuclear power.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2012, 04:30:01 PM »

Actualy, I wouldn't say so. We are doing pretty well without nuclear power.

Germany, right?  Pretty bold statement from a country that imports 2/3 of its energy.
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2012, 04:36:07 PM »

Actualy, I wouldn't say so. We are doing pretty well without nuclear power.

Germany, right?  Pretty bold statement from a country that imports 2/3 of its energy.

Close, Denmark.
Don't worry, many people don't even now that Denmark is a country. They usually think it's a city in Sweden or something  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2012, 04:41:27 PM »

This is a really bad idea. Contrary to popular belief, nuclear power right now is the most practical source of power because it is cheap, abundant and clean if regulations are followed. Yes it can be dangerous and hazardous if not dealt with properly, but so can everything. And what is Japan going to do now? Revert to coil plants? That is even worse for the environment.

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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2012, 07:47:36 PM »

Actualy, I wouldn't say so. We are doing pretty well without nuclear power.

Germany, right?  Pretty bold statement from a country that imports 2/3 of its energy.

Close, Denmark.
Don't worry, many people don't even now that Denmark is a country. They usually think it's a city in Sweden or something  Smiley

Not me.  My mother spent about three years in the Danish concentration camp Oksbol, so I know where Denmark is located. 

Unfortunately, about 10% of your power comes from Nuclear.  It is just produced elsewhere.  About anything that you get from France is Nuclear, and a good part that comes from Germany is made possible by the Nuclear power Germany gets from France.  The middle of this decade found you guys with the highest electricity prices in Europe (you rely an awful amount on oil), so I am not sure how you define "pretty well". 
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2012, 03:46:36 AM »

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Unfortunately, about 10% of your power comes from Nuclear
That might be true but generally, it can be pretty hard to tell exactly where the energi is coming from since the energy trade in northern Europe i pretty complexe.
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The middle of this decade found you guys with the highest electricity prices in Europe
It's Denmark. All our prices are high.
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2012, 03:56:06 AM »

Not me.  My mother spent about three years in the Danish concentration camp Oksbol, so I know where Denmark is located. 

It was a refugee camp, and actually, Denmark made quite an effort to provide adequate supply to that camp and allowed for self-government with an elected mayor.

That has nothing to do with "concentration camps", in which the Nazis either directly killed people, or made them work in a way which would kill them within a few months.
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