Instead of even considering oil drilling off the Atlantic coast,
which is massively opposed by coastal communities,
how about get on with offshore wind turbines?
They’re no harder to build than deep-sea oil rigs, and if a hurricane
blows them over, they don’t leak oil, like BP did into the Gulf, which will never be cleaned up, anymore than the Exxon Valdes disaster in Alaska.
Japan is already doing it, in waters with typhoons just as strong as Atlantic hurricanes.
Wind is clean, just what we need!
From Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace and Matsutaro Shoriki founding
the Japanese nuclear industry
to Shinzo Abe’s international nuclear salesmanship,
nuclear power has always been a whitewash for nuclear weapons,
with “peaceful” nukes
a boondoggle for big corps subsidized by taxpayers and ratepayers.
Yet the sun is rising around the world, on Japan as well as on the U.S.
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower kicked it off with his
“Atoms for Peace”
speech at the UN, 8 December 1953,
The Atomic Energy Agency could be made responsible for the
impounding, storage, and protection of the contributed fissionable
and other materials. The ingenuity of our scientists will provide
special safe conditions under which such a bank of fissionable
material can be made essentially immune to surprise seizure.
The more important responsibility of this Atomic Energy Agency would
be to devise methods whereby this fissionable material would be
allocated to serve the peaceful pursuits of mankind. Experts would
be mobilized to apply atomic energy to the needs of agriculture,
medicine, and other peaceful activities. A special purpose would be
to provide abundant electrical energy in the power-starved areas of
the world. Thus the contributing powers would be dedicating some of
their strength to serve the needs rather than the fears of mankind….
Against the dark background of the atomic bomb, the United States
does not wish merely to present strength, but also the desire and
the hope for peace.
Rather, the means of holding a member responsible for bad judgments
are internalized as part of the rules and discipline governing the
hierarchy to which they belong, with mechanisms for outsiders to
assert responsibility — to assert rights — being
minimized and neutralized whenever possible.
Sure, it’s not exactly the same.
Our local governments live in fear they’ll get sued (or so they claim),
and even sheriffs and judges occasionally get convicted around here.
But it’s quite difficult to get local elected officials to take their responsibility to the
people as seriously as “we’ve invested too much in that to stop now”
where “we” means the local government or more frequently a developer.
And privatizing the landfills and
now trash collection is not that
dissimilar to the Japanese government keeping TEPCO afloat so they
have an unaccountable scapegoat for Fukushima.
Locally, nobody seems to even know, much less care, that the landfill
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How about we say the same soon about Vogtle 3 and 4?
That they won’t be built?
Probably Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers could say that.
GA PSC, Georgia legislature, or SO CEO Tom Fanning could say that.
Officer, I wasn’t speeding, I pegged my speedometer at 50,
nevermind all those people I ran over!
Like TEPCO using radiation detectors that maxed out much lower than
the actual levels.
Is this an industry we want building new nukes in Georgia?
The water from the leaking tank is so heavily contaminated with
strontium-90, cesium-137, and other radioactive substances that a
person standing less than two feet away would receive, in an hour’s
time, a radiation dose equivalent to five times the acceptable
exposure for nuclear workers, Reuters reported. Within ten hours,
the exposed person would develop radiation sickness, with symptoms
such as nausea and a drop in white blood cells.
After Fukushima, Japan is now serious about solar power.
From Miyama, Fukuoka (pictured), in the south of Honshu to northerly Hokkaido,
Japan is building solar power plants,
and now needs to upgrade its grid.
Rooftop solar doesn’t need as many grid changes, since it delivers
onsite at peak load.
Hey, here’s an idea: solar panels on unused industrial park areas!
Japan’s renewable energy incentive law has spurred construction of so many photovoltaic farms like this one, in Miyama, that the nation is expected to be the world’s leading solar energy market this year. But Japan must upgrade its system for delivering electricity.
Photograph from Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images
A new renewable energy incentive program has Japan on track to
become the world’s leading market for solar energy, leaping past
China and Germany, with Hokkaido at the forefront of the sun power
rush. In a densely populated nation hungry for alternative energy,
Hokkaido is an obvious choice to host projects, because of the
availability of relatively large patches of inexpensive land. Unused
areas, idle land
motor race circuit,
a former horse ranch—all
are being converted to solar farms. (See related, ”
A New Hub for Solar Tech Blooms in Japan
there’s a problem with this boom in Japan’s north. Although
one-quarter of the largest solar projects approved under Japan’s
new renewables policy are located in Hokkaido, the island accounts
for less than 3 percent of the nation’s electricity demand. Experts
say Japan will need to act quickly to make sure the power generated
in Hokkaido flows to where it is needed. And that means modernizing
a grid that currently doesn’t have capacity for all the projects
proposed, installing a giant battery—planned to be the world’s
largest—to store power when the sun isn’t shining, and ensuring
connections so power can flow across the island nation. (See related, ”
Japan, Solar Panels Aid in Tsunami Rebuilding
Turning to Renewables
historically has had no fossil energy sources of its own; it
powered much of its economic growth over the past few generations
with homegrown nuclear energy. At the start of 2011, more than 50
reactors provided Japan with 30 percent of its electricity, and the
plan was to increase that share to 50 percent. That scenario was
upended on March 11, 2011, when the most powerful earthquake ever
to shake Japan touched off a tsunami that breached the defenses of
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast. (See related, ”
Year After Fukushima, Japan Faces Shortages of
Why is SO gambling our health and dollars on Plant Vogtle
when Georgia Power could be getting on with solar power?
SO CEO Tom Fanning avoided the first part of Gloria Tatum’s question
by simply denying it, and danced around the second part by saying
the rate hike for Plant Vogtle’s cost overruns would only be
6 to 8 percent, not 12 percent.
Do you want to pay 6 or 8 percent more for a radioactive white elephant
when you could be getting power from the sun for less?
GT: Tom. Hi,Tom. It’s great to be here on this beautiful day.
TF: Thank you. Yes ma’am.
GT: And I know Southern Company’s done many wonderful things, but I want
to point out a few things to you today.
First, you know, after the
Fukushima meltdown, TEPCO’s $50 billion nuclear complex became a
worthless liability. The deadly radiation still circles the planet,
polluting the earth and increasing cancer. Other countries have
abandoned their nuclear and they’re looking to renewable, but
Southern Company’s affiliate, Georgia Power, continues construction
on two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Now Shell Bluff is a
community down the stream from Plant Vogtle and it has experienced a
25 percent increase in cancer since Vogtle 1 and 2 have been built.
Two 2MW downwind floating turbines are scheduled to be towed from
shipyards belonging to Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding in Chiba
prefecture to Onahama port on 28 June, according to a new schedule
released by Takeshi Ishihara a civil engineering professor at the
University of Tokyo and technical adviser to the project.
These are the floating wind farms
designed to survive tsunamis and typhoons.
A typhoon is the Pacific Ocean version of a hurricane.
How about we tether some of these to the continental shelf off the coast of
Then they plus solar onshore could replace Plants Vogtle and Hatch the same way
these wind turbines plus solar inland are replacing Fukushima Dai-ichi.