[Marxism] As Fukushima Worsens, US Approves New Nukes

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Mar 31 10:17:36 MDT 2012

On 3/31/12 10:57 AM, DW wrote:
> http://bravenewclimate.com/2012/03/02/the-fukushima-question-how-close-did-japan-really-get-to-a-widespread-nuclear-disaster/

 From the above:

The same day the New York Times published its story, PBS broadcast a 
Frontline documentary about the Fukushima meltdown that invites a 
somewhat different interpretation. In an interview conducted for that 
program, then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan suggests that the fear of 
cascading plant failures was nothing more than panicked speculation 
among some of his advisers. “I asked many associates to make forecasts,” 
Kan explained to PBS, “and one such forecast was a worst-case scenario. 
But that scenario was just something that was possible, it didn’t mean 
that it seemed likely to happen.”


13 July 2011 Last updated at 06:31 ET
Japan PM Naoto Kan urges nuclear-free future

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called for his country to develop 
into a nuclear-free society, amid rising public anger at the continuing 
crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

In a televised news conference, Mr Kan said the country should harness 
renewable energy sources.

The 11 March earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima plant, which 
continues to leak radioactive material.

A large section of public opinion has turned against nuclear power.

About 30% of Japan's electricity was nuclear generated before the 
Fukushima crisis, and the country had targeted raising that figure to 
53% by 2030.

But Mr Kan had already said this commitment should be scrapped.

On Wednesday, he went a step further, saying: "We will aim at realising 
a society which can exist without nuclear power."

He said the country should aim to develop alternative energy sources 
such as solar, wind and biomass.

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