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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fukushima: Time Bomb Or Training Device?

Fukushima: Time Bomb Or Training Device?

Al Jazeera is a media empire that is owned by the government of Qatar, one of the world’s largest LNG exporters. It recently hired a journalist from Australia, another of the world’s largest LNG exporters to produce a documentary about nuclear energy. The story focuses on the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.
During the five years since the accident, Japan has been the world’s largest and most lucrative market for LNG, which it has been burning to produce electricity instead of operating the 50 nuclear power plants that were not damaged by the accident. Recently, some of the companies that signed the long term LNG contracts that were offered in the wake of Japan’s lengthy nuclear energy stand down have been trying to alter restrictions imposed by those contracts.
Unsurprisingly, the documentary tells its audience that fear is the right emotion to have about nuclear energy and that keeping reactors closed is a component of the proper response to the events that began happening more than five years ago. http://www.forbes.com/sites/rodadams/2016/08/26/fukushima-time-bomb-or-training-device/#56b922826c82

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