Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Worldwide majority of people oppose nuclear power

the glue that has so long bound the French population to its unwavering belief in the virtues of atomic energy has begun to come unstuck.  Even the country’s nuclear security authorities concede that there is no way of ruling out a serious accident at home…..

New power plants are unprofitable Even if reactors were 100 percent safe, experts have long warned of the economic risks they pose.

Fukushima spoils world appetite for nuclear power, Deutsche Welle, : Gero Ruter, 15 Sept 2011, In the six months since the Fukushima disaster, a global survey has detected mounting opposition to nuclear energy, especially in Asia. Yet Germany remains the only country to abandon the technology to date.

Several months after the nuclear disaster in Japan, market research company Ipsos asked citizens in 24 countries how they feel about atomic energy.

In all but three of them – India, the United States and Poland – there was consensus that the time has come for cleaner, safer sources of power.

Many of the 55 percent who expressed opposition to nuclear energy cited the reactor catastrophe in Japan as the reason why they were against nuclear power.

The most notable shift was in Asia, where several countries including South Korea, Japan and China have seen the number of anti-nuclear activists double in recent months.

Those are same countries that have major nuclear expansion plans. At the start of this year, Japan’s 55 reactors covered some 29 percent of its power needs. Tokyo was planning to add another 14 plants to its network.

In South Korea, 21 reactors currently supply 35 percent of the energy, and there are another 11 plants in the pipeline.

China and India, each of which generate just 2 percent of their fuel from nuclear power, were planning 77 and 23 new reactors,

respectively.

Taking stock

Many nations had grand plans for nuclear power, and – until a few months ago – had the blessing of their people who would be using the energy. But the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Fukushima has changed that.

Most notably in South Korea, where opposition to the CO2-free source of energy has tripled since the March 11 catastrophe.

Even Asian politicians have been shaken by the sudden realization that they are not immune to the possibility of such accidents, not least because their security standards are generally lower than those that existed in Japan. ……

Seismic shift in France  France, which meets 75 percent of its energy needs with nuclear power, and exports large amounts to boot, will be particularly badly affected by the consequences of Fukushima and Germany’s sudden change of tack.

But the glue that has so long bound the French population to its unwavering belief in the virtues of atomic energy has begun to come unstuck.  Even the country’s nuclear security authorities concede that there is no way of ruling out a serious accident at home…..

New power plants are unprofitable Even if reactors were 100 percent safe, experts have long warned of the economic risks they pose. Member of the European Parliament for Germany’s Greens Rebecca Harms said it currently costs about 7 billion euros to build a new nuclear power plant. Add to that a further 1 billion euros in dismantling costs and 600 million euros for final storage of radioactive material, and it is an expensive business indeed.

By comparison wind and solar power are cheap. If the Ipsos study is accurate, they are also exactly what 90 percent of citizens from 24 countries around the world want….Editor: Sean Sinico   http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15352996,00.html

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September 16, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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