Comment on Abe: “We Need More Nuclear Reactors!” by Anonymous:

Alternatives have their own dividends and costs. There is a factor of long term benefit versus short term cost.

However, current publicly shown technology is not so economical to assure even that level of economic returns in the near future. Not to mention, powering a developed nation purely from renewable energy is incredibly uneconomical and would require tremendous amount of capital and government investment that a nation with 234% GDP debt cannot possibly afford, even if it is a portion of their total power consumption.

The reason for many nations to still rely on coal and oil, and nuclear is not because they cannot build renewable power plants – it is because economically speaking ‘cleaner’ fossil fuel plants and nuclear plants are better bang for the buck. Currently, the renewable energies in most developed nations are more or less ‘test’ cases deployed to see how reliable and economical they are, and how they can be made so through technological advancement based on those real life test results.

Also, there is a political consideration to this issue. Energy is byword for ‘lifeblood’ of modern civilization, and thus intrinsically connected to geo politics at fundamental level. To control petroleum is part of the game being played to leverage influence over certain political situations across the world, and same goes for uranium. This means that until those resources are near depletion, and as long as they remain economical and generate so much energy for relatively manageable and sustainable environmental cost, world would be relying on them for the foreseeable future. Just developing new technology would not get anyone out of this power play – in fact, while you dick around with expensive toys, other nations will jump at the vacated spot and be able to power themselves so much cheaper and thus gain greater political leverage at your expense. Also, due to the nature of technology, your painfully innovated advancements can easily be taken over by other nations for way cheaper costs and time, as US have learned and is now taking measures against.

My opinion is that US and other nations have already seen to developing a certain degree of economically viable renewable energies, but are holding their cards close to whip it out at the right moment in order to gain maximum political clout while managing non-renewable sources the best they can environmentally to the benefit of the people. Anyone who doubts this needs to only check some of the statistics and environmental data from 50 years ago compared to today. We are for the most part at sustainable level environmentally, something those tree-hugging environmentalists ignore.

For people to blame this on ‘lobby’ and such is too short-sighted. They need to understand that technology of this type (one linked not just to energy power and geopolitics) are not perfectly refined or developed overnight due to need for perfection stemming from various national implications, and those who HAVE developed such technology must by necessity hold their own innovations close in order to best offer their citizens greatest economical, social, and political clout domestically as well as internationally. Best example of this is how US handled the shale oil/gas tech until now when oil reserve trend in the middle east is generally in a downward spiral. You have to know when to whip out the good cards at the right time, instead of being like japan and just spewing out your ‘achievements’ left and right while racking up 234% debt and constantly being in recessions for the last 23 years, only to discover that other nations have already developed their own technology for which japanese tech is but a foot note compared to their own innovations – afterall, critical supercomputers and most essential technologies in government in US are innovated (note: innovated) here, sometimes in europe, but not in japan. To compare commercial electronics and equate that with true technological innovations is a folly. As far as I know, Packet switch tech, arpanet, and GPS, etc etc of which we owe a great deal of revolutionary progress originated first from US defense and government organizations.

Anonymous made other comments on this post:

  • Abe: “We Need More Nuclear Reactors!”:
    Solar, water and wind are too dependent on randomness of weather (for storage, giant batteries and inverters are far more expensive than nuclear) and also produce less kilowatts than thermal plants.

  • Abe: “We Need More Nuclear Reactors!”:
    Within 1 month the incident happened there were already rumors about human factors. I doubted it at first as there were not much proof. But records of discussions reviewed that humans did contributed to the worsening of situation.

  • Abe: “We Need More Nuclear Reactors!”:
    A country is huge. Green energy can be used at various spots to reduce the demand. It’s the general trend and is especially important in areas having high earthquake risk. Even the US is moving towards it. The goal is not to eliminate whatever type of energy but to choose the best within a defined area, not only considering the cost.

  • Abe: “We Need More Nuclear Reactors!”:
    Lol who has a feeling Japan is just going to turn into a radioactive melt-down island in the future!

  • Abe: “We Need More Nuclear Reactors!”:
    Abe: “We Need More Nuclear Reactors!” –they never learn….or he really wants a better fallout

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