The Energy Spectator

Nuclear Since Fukushima

One year later, there have be no casualties from radiation. But will the worldwide Nuclear Renaissance revive?

By From the March 2012 issue

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It was one year ago that a 9.0 earthquake hit Japan and its eastern Fukushima province and buried whatever hopes there might have been for a worldwide Nuclear Renaissance.

The Achilles' heel of nuclear, of course, is that despite its stellar safety record and statistical standing as the least dangerous way of generating electricity, there is always the specter of that one huge accident that will take a devastating toll and leave some large portion of the earth uninhabitable. Six coal miners a day die in accidents in China. Thirteen people die every year trying to service windmills by landing on the 45-story structures in helicopters. So far there have been no casualties at Fukushima. But the 12-mile zone still remains evacuated and mobs in Japan, India, Germany, and sometimes the United States are calling for nuclear power to be abandoned altogether.

So how does the scorecard stand a year later and what are the possibilities of continuing the slow but steady revival of nuclear?

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William Tucker is news editor for RealClearEnergy.org.