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Pro nuclear advocates stack Japan’s committee to plan retreat from nukes!

The subcommittee consists of 25 members, of whom only about eight favor abandoning nuclear energy.

Is this not odd for a group that is supposed to be discussing ways to steer Japan from nuclear power generation?

The Prometheus Trap/ Tug of war over future of nuclear energy, The Asahi Shimbun.  KIYOSHI OKONOGI 29 June 12, “…..The Fundamental Issues Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy, which advises the minister of economy, trade and industry, was in session on April 11 at the ministry building in Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki district. The task of this subcommittee was to discuss the policy of the administration of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to wean the nation off nuclear power generation.

But the subcommittee’s majority view is that more than 20 percent of
Japan’s electricity supply should rely on nuclear energy, even as far
down the road as in 2030.

The subcommittee consists of 25 members, of whom only about eight favor abandoning nuclear energy.

Is this not odd for a group that is supposed to be discussing ways to steer Japan from nuclear power generation?

Hideyuki Ban, 60, an anti-nuke member, certainly thinks so……
“To aim to maintain the share of nuclear power generation at more than
20 percent in 2030 contradicts the basic objective of this
subcommittee,” he said. “The government’s policy is to decommission
nuclear reactors after they have been in operation for 40 years. If no
more new reactors are built and the existing reactors are operated at
a 70-percent capacity, the figure in 2030 should be around 12 percent.
To get it up to over 20 percent, we’ll have to substantially increase
our reliance on nuclear power generation. Twenty percent is simply not
a realistic figure.”…..
Subcommittee members who are opposed to nuclear power generation
include academics and those who represent consumers. They argue that
Japan will have zero need for nuclear energy in 2030 if power-saving
efforts are stepped up and renewable energy such as solar power and
wind power are utilized more extensively.

But this argument is vehemently opposed by pro-nuke members of the
subcommittee, who consist mainly of retired government bureaucrats and
individuals representing the business community. Many insist on
relying on nuclear energy for 20 to 35 percent of the nation’s power
supply, claiming that not to do so will result in higher electricity
charges, which in turn will debilitate the economy.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201206290095

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July 2, 2012 - Posted by | Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties

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