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See The Long View, a thread initiated by eurogreen in ceebs' Japanese earthquake diary
Not good for the nuclear industry globally....
  • Immediate halt to new construction, for a start.
  • Next step : abandonment of all reactor designs that rely on any form of active cooling.
  • Meanwhile : China continues apace with their Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor. If I have understood correctly, they are inherently safe from the point of view of passive cooling and the possibility of meltdown.
  • In twenty years, when the rest of the world starts looking at nuclear again, China will have a complete lock on the technology.
To which I replied with a cynical
Alternative Long View:
  • We need fiscal consolidation and budget austeriry, we can't afford to retrofit the existing plants to higher standards
  • Japan cannot do without 30% of its electric power
  • Nothing to see here, move along.
  • Less cynically
    Everyone can crack jokes about Soviet technology, but if this happens to the Japanese we can stop feeling all smug about French and Swedish reactors.

    Not unlike the way the 1997/8 Asian/Russian financial crisis couldn't happen to the "sophisticated" WestTM, and look at the ongoing Global Financial Clusterfuck.



    So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
    by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 13th, 2011 at 05:11:14 PM EST

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