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Why “No Nuclear Power” Is No Solution via The National Interest

Why “No Nuclear Power” Is No Solution

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September 19, 2011

Japan’s response to the March 11 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster has been truly remarkable, particularly in managing the loss of nearly 20 percent of the country’s electricity generation with the shutdown of thirty-eight of the country’s fifty-four nuclear reactors. This impressive success in handling the short-term consequences of the massive disruption of its energy systems has led many—in Japan, Germany and elsewhere—to the conclusion that they can do without nuclear power. This view ignores the potential costs of a shift away from nuclear energy in Japan or other major economies.

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