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It has really come to this at last.

Time for a much-needed breathing space.

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The world didn't end...lights are still on.

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I'd bet on Japan becoming a world leader in using renewable/natural energies in the future.

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If they had used some of the 1.5B$ to upgrade safe guards the reputation for safe nuclear energy would have gone up and many people would not be forced from their homes. For the tmie being we will have to be happy with more green house gasses and blackouts.

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Tamarama:

" I'd bet on Japan becoming a world leader in using renewable/natural energies in the future. "

That is like saying Japan will be a world leader in invisible spaghetti monsters. The whole idea that some mythical "renewable/natural" energies are out there as realistic replacement for real-life energy supply, just waiting to be sold, is wishful thinking and nothing more.

Fact is, if this anti-nuclear hysteria remains, Japan will shoot itself in the foot big time. I predict that once the brown-outs start, the first nuclear plants will come back on line very quickly this summer.

And now go ahead and make yourself feel good by clicking dislike, LOL

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Cricky;

The world didn't end...lights are still on.

Get back to us in the middle of July on that...

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Necessity is the mother of invention! Can the Japanese who defeated the americans; who bult Japan from WW2 to a super power; who invented robots, electronics, etc reinvigorate their entreprenueral and innovative mojo? Can Japanese geniuses stand up to be counted, think again of less risky electricity business models apart from the expensive, environentally suicidal, dirty and unsustainable nuclear electricity? CAn a new generation of politicians spring up and table policies with better electricty enrgy mixes that will ensure that the children of tomorrow inherit a Japan either same or better that what it is today? Can we put our selfishness and greed aside and look at the bigger picture of a Japan with its happy people leaving free of being tormented with nuclear radiation and waste, and associated ills and discomforts? Long live Japan, Amen!

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We saw what happened last year. They whinged and whimpered and threatened and finally all was quite fine. If shortages occur, and I do not doubt they could, they will be artificially and intentionally generated by the electric companies' intransigence.

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WilliB

And now go ahead and make yourself feel good by clicking dislike, LOL

Grow up WilliB

hat is like saying Japan will be a world leader in invisible spaghetti monsters. The whole idea that some mythical "renewable/natural" energies are out there as realistic replacement for real-life energy supply, just waiting to be sold, is wishful thinking and nothing more

Is that so? I've given this pretty much minimal thought, but off the top of my head I'd say Japan has the potential to use such sustainable/natural energy sources as, oh lets see, say...geothermal energy. Geothermal energy being sustainable, reliable, cost effective and environmentally friendly. Particularly easy to manage in places where tectonic plates meet. Sound like anywhere you know, WilliB?

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That is like saying Japan will be a world leader in invisible spaghetti monsters. The whole idea that some mythical "renewable/natural" energies are out there as realistic replacement for real-life energy supply, just waiting to be sold, is wishful thinking and nothing more.

So are you saying the sun doesn't exists? Or better yet the wind doesn't exist? Cause these two things are both renewable clean energy.

There are many ways to generate energy from nuclear as well that are much more effective than what is currently in place. For example thorium reactors. Why you gotta be a forum troll is beyond me.

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