Fossil fuels can’t save Japan from power shortage

Japan would face a serious electricity shortage if all its 54 nuclear reactors stopped operating, since the country would be unable to bridge the gap with just fossil fuel, the Japan Center for Economic Research said in a report.

Disagreement within the government on how to handle public anxiety about nuclear power plant safety and the need to avoid blackouts to keep companies from shifting production overseas has heightened the risk of all reactors being shut by next April.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency on Friday also failed to provide a timetable for "stress tests" announced this week, aimed at dispelling public wariness and boosting confidence in the reactors’ ability to withstand natural disasters.

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One Reply to “Fossil fuels can’t save Japan from power shortage”

  1. The the ever-increasing need for energy, and how to source it, is an on-going problem for all nations of the world.

    Whilst, understanably, nuclear power may now be reagarded with anxiety in Japan, we should never forget that burning fossil fuels is also hazardous.  Pollution and global warming results directly from burning fossil fuels and both these consequences have long-term health implications for the human race.

    Here in Madeira, we are mindful of using fossil fuels to meet our energy demands.   We are also largely economically dependent on tourists and anything that may damage our island environment could well have a negative impact on the number of visitors who holiday here on our beautiful island.

    An ever-increasing number of private houses in and around Funchal have solar panels mouted on their roof.

    On the eastern tip of Madeira, at the Ponta de Sao Lourenco, there are wind turbines and a mass solar panel farm built into the south facing hillside.

    Whilst solar and wind power will never answer all our energy demands, it is a start – especially as there are no nuclear power stations currently, or planned, here.

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