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Landmark Injunction Cheered as Crushing Blow to Japan's Nuclear Restart


#1

Landmark Injunction Cheered as Crushing Blow to Japan's Nuclear Restart

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Critics of nuclear energy are cheering a ruling by a Japanese court that blocks the restart of two reactors at a plant in the western Japan.

Australia's ABC reports that

Local residents sought the injunction against Kansai Electric Power Company, arguing that restart plans underestimate earthquake risks, fail to meet tougher safety standards and lack credible evacuation measures.


#2

What? This all must be just some sort of misunderstanding.

We all know that nuclear power is perfectly safe and that the chance of an accident or release of radiation is so small that it is essentially impossible. We can trust GE and Westinghouse to put in safeguards so that nothing bad could ever happen.

We need to expand nuclear power so that every home and automobile has its own nuclear power plant, just like they promised us in the 1950s.


#3

Big-Coal billionaires Chris Cline and Bob Murray have got lots of good high-sulfur Illinois and N. West Virginia/Pennsylvania coal to sell the Japanese. The German coal market is especially bullish!


#4

Good news, but it does have a cloudy lining. Japan’s CO2 emissions were the second highest on record in fiscal 2014.


#6

The harmful effects of that record-high release of isotopes - diluted in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, has effects that beyond the area of the power plant itself, don’t even leave a statistically measurable signal in terms of ecology or human health.

Meanwhile, CO2 emissions and the resulting ocean warming and acidification are already having profound ecological effects.

And we aren’t even talking about the health and ecological effects of MTR, coal mine accidents and black lung yet.

Please turn off the 50’s pulp sci-fi movie ("Its glowing!..“Radioactive!!!.. Run for your lives…munch!!!”) playing in your head.


#7

Makes one wonder why the US Judiciary abandoned its judicial integrity so long ago we tend to forget it ever existed in any form whatsoever.


#8

Which they have already addressed by starting with a per capita energy use 1/4 of the US’s, conserving further once the disaster at Fukushima happened, and which they are addressing even more fully (though not nearly fast enough, like almost every other nation on Earth) by proceeding to exploit their phenomenal offshore and onshore wind resources as well as solar and other renewables (geothermal and ACES, micro-hydro, etc.)


#9

Yes, good one. Clearly it IS a misunderstanding. People still believing in the fallacy that at some point there will be more storms, tsunamis, earthquakes, fires, mechanical failures, administrative mistakes, social-political disruptions, terrorism or war. Silly people, none of that will ever happen again.


#10

Yes! I am sick and tired of having to pay high gas bills for my flying car!

Luddites and technophobes screaming about little things like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima have clouded the debate for too long. You never hear about the hundreds and hundreds of plants running without a disaster. It’s time for us right-thinkers to stand up and put our foot down!

Nuclear power: If it’s good enough for the sun it’s good enough for the planet!


#14

NABEM (The Nuke and Bank Extortion Mob) will never sit still for this. The banksters have already made all tsunami reconstruction loans contingent on restarting all Japan’s 58 nuke facilities, since they aren’t willing to write them off, even though some are in the shadows of smoking volcanoes and high earthquake/tsunami risk, is what I read on zerohedge.


#16

Then why such silence when an article appears here regarding the damaging effects of coal mining and burning? Your actions are speaking much louder than your words.

Have you ever seen a coal mine, or a 2-3 GW coal power plant like we have stretching one after another down the Ohio river - creating far more health hazards than any nuclear plant?

Nuclear electric generation is unexcelled in its safety record compared to any industrial activity.


#17

Your sources are not credible scientific sources.


#20

Thank you. Your sarcasm is the most hilarious I’ve seen in days, especially that last part: “Nuclear power: if it’s good enough for the sun it’s good enough for the planet!”


#21

Untrue Yunzer,

diveshopingoa’s sources are very scientific. The source of that article is indeed authors Joseph Mangano who is Executive Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project. Dr. Janette D. Sherman MD is an internist and toxicologist. Both have submitted peer-reveiwed papers showing the dangerous consequences of civilian nuclear power plants, which on average, have a meltdown accident every eight years.


#22

Thomas_Jefferson wrote:

‘…diveshopingoa’s sources are very scientific. The source of that article is indeed authors Joseph Mangano who is Executive Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project. Dr. Janette D. Sherman MD is an internist and toxicologist. Both have submitted peer-reveiwed papers showing the dangerous consequences of civilian nuclear power plants, which on average, have a meltdown accident every eight years.’

From that article:


Most of the spring 2011 mortality increase were people over 80. Many of these elderly were in frail health; one possibility is that the added exposure to radioactive poison sped the dying process.

I agree 100% with that statement. Would you like a list of a zillion other possibilities?