No Nuclear Power in Japan

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    As of this weekend, there will be no nuclear power generators operating in Japan for the first time since 1970. This is obviously a consequence of last year's disaster and the need for extra maintenance and saftey inspections it inspired, as well as somewhat rare public outcry against nuclear power.

    If the country gets through the summer without too much disruption it might be difficult to ever get the reactors back online.

    Environmentalists and the anti-nuke crowd are thrilled, but it could spell trouble for the economy of the nation and the world.

    Something to think about...

    Japan to shut down last nuclear reactor ? Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
     
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    Huge mistake by the Japanese.
     
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    They'll still need power, and they'll get it- putting more demand on the world hydrocarbons market.
     
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    Not to worry, Pukey, you'll still blame Obama for high gas prices and not the increased Japanese demand for oil.
     
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    Obama is the one pursuing policies that increase the price of gasoline. If we had a government supporting the exporation and drilling of domestic supplies of oil and gas, we would not only have lower prices, but we would be in a much better position to profit off the Japanese change to fossil fuels, regardless how temporary it is. Why shouldnt he be held accountable for that?
     
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    I don't think an increase in domestic oil production would in itself lead to lower prices like we've seen happen with natural gas. The benefit comes from increased domestic economic activity, hiring, spending, and tax revenue to federal state and local governments. It also reduces the need for crude imports which improves the trade deficit and keeps our petro dollars here at home.
     
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    Maybe the environmentalists won't be so thrilled after all...

    As Japan shuts down nuclear power, emissions rise - Yahoo! News

    TOKYO (AP) — The Fukushima crisis is eroding years of Japanese efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, as power plants running on oil and natural gas fill the electricity gap left by now-shuttered nuclear reactors.
     
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    Wow... that's like, retarded.

    We already consume far more petroleum than we produce, far more than we could ever export. Now, it's true that some petroleum from Alaska ends up in Japan, but the thing it, it's an international commodity, and it only becomes profitable to get it out of a god-foresaken tundra or shale oil when the price is high. If it was still $30.00 a barrel, it wouldn't be worth doing.

    Incidently, we are producing more domestic petroluem than we have in a long time.

    N. American oil output could top 40-year-old peak - Houston Chronicle

    So, no, the problem isn't that we aren't producing enough, it's that we are consuming too much, and so are the Japanese, and India, and China.

    and there's only a finite supply of it..
     

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