Japan To Abandon Nuclear Power By 2030s

The future isn’t always what we think it is, via Reuters:

Japan’s government said it intends to stop using nuclear power by the 2030s, marking a major shift from policy goals set before last year’s Fukushima disaster that sought to increase the share of atomic energy to more than half of electricity supply.

Japan joins countries such as Germany and Switzerland in turning away from nuclear power after last year’s earthquake unleashed a tsunami that swamped the Fukushima Daiichi plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. Japan was the third-biggest user of atomic energy before the disaster.

“This is a strategy to create a new future,” a policy statement said, after key ministers finalized the decision on Friday. “It is not pie in the sky. It is a practical strategy.”

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  • Liquidself

    “pie in the sky” was thinking that nuclear power was long term viable.  

  • Anarchy Pony

    The key is to non violently de-grow the economy and hopefully the total population to a more viable level, then maintain it at a steady level through the use of non finite sources of energy and practical sources of material supply, through renewable materials and recycling of non-renewables.

    That’s of course, not what is going to happen, and I apologize to all you poor future people now. 

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      food has long been the regulator of populations
      run out of electricity you’ll survive, running out of food is another story

      populations always increase beyond food resources
      always reduce during famines
      this has long been a pattern in nature
      and modern humans have not experience wide-scale famine
      because food production has grown exponentially and unabated since about 1600

  • Qwerty

    Nikola Tessla and his free energy generator… wait did I say FREE!? F@ck that you peasants gotta pay! And lets use the worst sources of energy we can find, because why do you need that useless nature thing anyway? Its not like its Mother Earth or anything- right?

  • Chris Em

    This is good news.  Germany is well on it’s way. Why all the negative thinking at a time when solar and wind power have made so many recent advances??

  • Me

    Fukushima is why we should be using nuclear fusion not fission. we shouldn’t be turning away from nuclear power, unless we’re got a better alternative.

    • Andrew

      Solar is a better alternative.

  • Obvious

     Wait, didn’t they plan to shut down the nuke plants earlier this year? 2030s isn’t good enough for any place on Earth. The energy released during the 9.0, although a rarer upheaval of energy release, goes to show that all these coastal plants along the ring of fire are death clocks ticking away. Who the hell decided to create something that almost always cannot be contained in the event of meltdown?

    Fuck the easy cash and energy, and stop being selfish cunts, world. All it takes is one to two of those cocksuckers to ruin life as we know it for years.