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  •  Throughout all of history up to now (0+ / 0-)

    Japan has managed to install enough "green" capacity to replace 2 nuclear reactors.

    So, your question is essentially "do they need electricity at all"?

    Who knows . . . .

    What's really going to happen is that fossil fuels will step in.  There was a huge increase in carbon emissions between 2009 and 2010 and another huge increase is almost inevitable for 2011.

    Yet green energy advocates keep saying - shut down the nukes, we don't need them.  It's like they're living on an entirely different planet.

    •  Throughout all of human history? (0+ / 0-)

      That's stupid.

      If you said the same thing in 1950, nukes would have no ability to deliver power either, according to you.

      If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, then Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 05:32:15 AM PST

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      •  Look at a calendar, we're not living (1+ / 0-)
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        in 1950.

        We're living a generation after a major energy wake up call in the 1970s.

        In the aftermath of that, in the 1980s we were told that no more nukes were needed - renewables and clean energy would be sufficient going forward.

        Well, going forward from then, Japan managed to installed wind generation equivalent to two nukes.

        Meanwhile (globally) coal DOUBLED since then.  It is now on a trajectory to double again in the next generation.

        And yet, there's massive denial from so many "progressives" - why?

    •  Roadbed guy in 1950. (1+ / 0-)
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      "Throughout all of human history up to now, Japan hasn't generated any electricity through nuclear technology. So, your question is essentially, do they need power at all."

      If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, then Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 05:35:04 AM PST

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      •  This is a real problem, believe it or not: (0+ / 0-)
        Emissions rose 5.9 percent in 2010, according to an analysis released Sunday by the Global Carbon Project, an international collaboration of scientists tracking the numbers. Scientists with the group said the increase, a half-billion extra tons of carbon pumped into the air, was almost certainly the largest absolute jump in any year since the Industrial Revolution, and the largest percentage increase since 2003.

        The increase solidified a trend of ever-rising emissions that scientists fear will make it difficult, if not impossible, to forestall severe climate change in coming decades.

        Carbon Emissions Show Biggest Jump Ever Recorded

        And - in part due to the crazy shut down of virtually all Japan's nukes - 2011 is going to give 2010 a good run for the money when the final stats are in . . .

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