Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I'd hoped for more of a discussion of where nuclear power stands post-Fukushima, but that didn't happen. (Though of course i'm very pleased that this became a forum for more news and developments.)

We have seen some here remind us that Fukushima is not at all as bad as Chernobyl, which proved to be a false interpretation. (If TEPCO announced data can be trusted.) But we did not see a discussion of where nuclear power now stands in the scheme of energy futures, nor whether Fukushima has changed any equations.

For example, many state that Fukushima only shows us what might happen to older technologies, and that current technologies would never suffer such catastrophe. Which may be true, ignoring the existence of a fair number of older plants.

There was zero discussion of whether this civilization is technically capable of dealing with splitting the atom, or whether it has the understanding or the institutions to handle such technology.

I only know that a deputy PM in Japan told Green leader Trittin (on his visit last week) that Japan holds Germany as the goalpost for how to make energy sustainably. (Which i suppose is why i live here, Bundesbank be damned.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Jun 22nd, 2011 at 03:47:04 PM EST

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