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Mitsubishi, Japan Atomic Energy Agency join Gates' nuclear project

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This is the exact hypocritical mentality we see so often in Japan. The other article talks about ex PM's encouraging Europe to go nuclear free. Then you see this. Seriously, what clowns. Say one thing, act another.

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Bill Gates. The man who would be king or self-anointed savior of a world he helped bring into being.

Gates needs to go take up fishing and disappear before he causes further damage.

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This is the exact hypocritical mentality we see so often in Japan. The other article talks about ex PM's encouraging Europe to go nuclear free. 

The ones saying Europe should go nuclear free are politicians. This article is about  MHI and Japan Atomic Energy Agency. I don't think it's hypocrisy when politicians say one thing and experts do another. Is that not just normality?

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Alternative energy consists largely of covering vast swathes of land with wind turbines, solar panels, and the related hardware, nearly all of which are manufactured in China. Prior to the 2011 quake, Japan had planned on retiring its current nuclear reactors, all of which are obsolete, with new passive reactors, which are smaller, simpler, more efficient, and far safer. A single one of these reactor complexes is about the size of an American Walmart store, but generates more power than what could be had by covering all the metro area in wind generators and solar panels, and without the necessity of creating vast (and toxic) battery storage systems needed to keep the lights on when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine. Wind and solar are wonderful in their way, my own home is entirely solar powered, but are not as clean as people think. The waste from discarded solar panels (which have a limited service life) is already causing environmental problems as they contain toxic substances which are not easily recycled. This can only get worse as their use increases. The landscape of my home state, long renowned for its natural beauty, is now covered with thousands of wind generators. The low frequency sounds they make are disconcerting to the wildlife, and they have proven unreliable in cold weather. Gates is a lot of things, not all them good, but he is no fool. Energy is the lifeblood of our economies and the foundation of our prosperity.

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"As a result of the 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi (plant), we've learned nuclear power was not safe, cheap and clean energy," said Koizumi, a reformer who held office from 2001 to 2006, during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

"Even if we do not rely on nuclear power and not use fossil fuels, there are enough renewables to supply the needed power. This is true in Japan as well as other countries in the world," added Kan, who held office between 2010 and 2011.

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solar panels, and the related hardware, nearly all of which are manufactured in China. 

Ummmm, no. My current solar panel array is composed of South Korean made panels and the additional panels I'm considering are Canadian. The Canadian Solar HiDm panels are very high tech and yet economical.

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Richard Gallagher

"As a result of the 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi (plant), we've learned nuclear power was not safe, cheap and clean energy," said Koizumi, a reformer who held office from 2001 to 2006, during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

Yeah, it wasn't. The nuclear power reactors that Gates is touting is. Big difference.

"Even if we do not rely on nuclear power and not use fossil fuels, there are enough renewables to supply the needed power. This is true in Japan as well as other countries in the world," added Kan, who held office between 2010 and 2011.

Yeah, except when it isn't windy or sunny. Electric power is generated on demand. It can't normally be stored (although there are advances in this technology, it won't come fast enough). So if you find yourself in windless darkness, you have nothing. That's where nuclear comes in.

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