Japan could face rolling blackouts and forced usage cuts this summer if temperatures are higher...

Japan could face rolling blackouts and forced usage cuts this summer if temperatures are higher than normal, cautions Economy Minister Yukio Edano. The country is set to shut its last operating nuclear plant next month. Over the coming decades, Japan "should move away from its reliance on nuclear power as quickly as possible."
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  • HoeTamer
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    Wow, I know nobody can predict the freakish weather and I know that Japan has several nuke plants that are ruined. To abandon nuclear energy because the plants did not have fail safe power sources is purely political. These plants exposed the core because they didn't have redundant backup power supplies. The cooling tower pumps quit working because of a lack of electricity, and the tsunami flooded the only backup, the diesel generators. What they didn't plan for was a third alternative power source to power the cooling tower water pumps. The tsunami didn't cause the meltdown, the lack of a third backup power supply caused the meltdown. So where does Japan go, coal fired plants? Nat gas ? They really are stuck between a rock and a hard spot, but they need to do whatever it takes to secure their viable nuke plants against another natural disaster and convert the coal plants to CNG.
    26 Apr 2012, 01:23 AM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    Overreaction and stupid...
    26 Apr 2012, 08:01 AM Reply Like
  • Solitus
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    This is not a quick pump n' dump. Until plant and infrastructure technology is modernized, the roller coaster of panics and scares are going to rule the prices. A buy on the dips will result in massive profits over a ten year horizon. Modern nuclear plant design has learned from the past and will result in the base electrical supply that will sundown coal. Be smart and don't panic.
    26 Apr 2012, 08:12 AM Reply Like
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