No one wants a nuclear power plant in his/her neighborhood, but twenty-somethings would drink a beverage that’s “atomic hot”? This is taking the thrill of danger a bit too far. Yet, what’s missing for nuclear power is a visceral, emotional appeal that is also evidence-based. This is not it.
AILEEN MIOKO SMITH: Well, being from the city where the Kyoto Protocol originated, I can tell you very clearly that one of the reasons we did not move forward with work on reducing global warming in Japan is because of nuclear power. Nuclear power was stated as a way of reducing CO2, when the government knew that it won’t happen, new nuclear builds would not happen. And as a result, we lost a decade or more without working on more conservation, efficiency and renewables. So, nuclear power is the biggest block towards making progress on conservation and energy efficiency and renewables. And so, what happens is that, you know, nuclear power is unreliable. It shuts down. Well, what do you have to replace it? Coal-fired plants. And so you spike up the CO2 releases.
So what we need to do is end nuclear power, and that will open up the way to more conservation, renewables and, you know, renewable energy. Germany is a good example. There was a blossoming of renewable energy, but only after Germany decided to stop nuclear power. So, you know, when you hear something that was just said, you think, “Oh, that makes sense,” but it’s not true. Look at the reality.
Breathtaking! The nuclear energy she fears compels her not to do what she knows is right. It’s as if an invisible force has entered her body…I shouldn’t encourage her. Smith obviously imparts far too much agency to the invisible forces around her.
By doing absolutely nothing, radiation levels have in two years’s time dropped by 25% in the affected areas away from the Fukushima Power Station. In another two years, another 13% of the radioactive material will be gone. After the end of 10 years, only 7% of the original amount of Cesium 134 will be left.
Of course, more than half of the Cesium 137 will be remaining in 10 years’ time. However, with Cesium 137’s low rate of decay, radioactivity will fall below concern level in all but the areas in the band running from Futaba on the coast to Iidate in the mountains.
As we know though, doing nothing does not win one votes in democratic elections. The scatterbrained clean up effort also appeals to the ideology of diligence — that through hard work and determination, one can make the seemingly impossible, possible.
As for Germany, it’s browner than green these days.
…it actually is true that coal (including lignite) is up around 5%, or 13.6 TWh compared to 2011. However, gas is down 12.5 TWh, around the same. The reason for that is of course that America is shipping cheap coal to Europe because of their vile and evil shale gas boom, and that carbon prices in Europe are far too low. Both developments lead to coal replacing gas, and both have nothing to do with nuclear in Germany.
It all comes down to the economics and science of energy.