About Time: Government Taking Over at Fukushima

I haven’t written for some time about the Fukushima site. In my opinion both TEPCO and the Japanese government are unable to adequately deal with the crisis. They should ask for more international help, especially from the veterans of the Chernobyl cleanup effort. Now Bloomberg reports that the Japanese Trade Minister Motegi announced that “fromContinue reading “About Time: Government Taking Over at Fukushima”

The “Pump Six” Antinuclear Argument

“Pump Six” is a story by Paolo Bacigalupo, which is part of the collection published under the same name. I have reviewed this collection here. The basic theme of “Pump Six” is a world full of lazy and stupid people. They depend on technology developed by previous generations. But they don’t understand it anymore. TheContinue reading “The “Pump Six” Antinuclear Argument”

Former Prime Minister Kan on TEPCO Tapes

TEPCO has released some more tapes of television conferences after the Fukushima accident, and former Prime Minister Kan just blogged about this. He recalls that he visited the site on March 12, and TEPCO headquarters on March 15, calling for more TEPCO personnel deployed to the site. As I learned from that blog post, evenContinue reading “Former Prime Minister Kan on TEPCO Tapes”

Build Solar Capacity at Nuclear Plants

I am reading Minister of Economy Edano’s recent book “Tatakaretemo iwaneba naranai koto” (What I have to say even if I get beaten up for it). He starts out this book by looking back to his involvement in the aftermath of the earthquake and the Fukushima accident last year. He was one of the keyContinue reading “Build Solar Capacity at Nuclear Plants”

Nuclear climate bailout unlikely

Brad Plumer at the Washington Post discusses a couple of facts about the development (or lack thereof) of nuclear energy under the headline “Did Fukushima make it tougher to tackle global warming?” Fact number one: Nuclear energy is declining, from providing 18 percent of the world’s electricity in 1996 to 13 percent in 2010. AndContinue reading “Nuclear climate bailout unlikely”

Fukushima anniversary

The reason for blogging much about energy here was the Fukushima accident, which started one year ago. I was expecting at the time to reduce the discussion of the accident as such after a while and proceed to more general questions, especially the question of what to do about global warming. While it has takenContinue reading “Fukushima anniversary”

New York Times on independent Fukushima report

This article at the New York Times discusses a new independent report on the Fukushima crisis. The headline is “Japan Weighed Evacuating Tokyo in Nuclear Crisis”. Germany did evacuate Tokyo. The Embassy was relocated to Osaka for quite some time. I have also watched some coverage on that report on NHK two days ago. IContinue reading “New York Times on independent Fukushima report”

Japanese government panel: fast breeder not realistic

Japan times reports on discussions at a government panel charged with debating the future of fast breeder reactor technology in Japan. From the article: “A panel of experts reviewing the nuclear fuel cycle policy in light of the Fukushima crisis has agreed that while a fast-breeder reactor has advantages, from a technology viewpoint it can’tContinue reading “Japanese government panel: fast breeder not realistic”

Global Conference for a nuclear free World

Japan Times has a short report on a “Global Conference for a nuclear free World” that was held in Yokohama over the weekend. They have adopted a final declaration, which can be found here, the “Yokohama Declaration for a Nuclear Power Free World”. I think it is interesting to note that they put the victimsContinue reading “Global Conference for a nuclear free World”