Monday, May 23, 2011

Energy choices fade in the future


By not making the right energy choices or no choices at all, we limit all our energy choices: Japan’s decision to increase its nuclear power over the years, instead of increasing renewable energy, highlights what happens in a world that is rapidly heating up and people choosing not to address it properly. 

Yes, nuclear power does not emit greenhouse gases on a large scale, but it is incredibly dangerous—as the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan point out. 

So, now in a desperate search to find the right solution to Climate Change and their energy needs, the Japanese have come upon a plan that they, and other countries around the world, should have considered long ago—a plan to put solar panels in every new building that is built.  (What’s sad is that this kind of brilliant measure would be impossible if major catastrophes did not happen.)

The Japanese won’t have time to consider many other energy options, as they (and most of the world) have squandered their time as Climate Change rushes forward.  They decided to trust an industry that doesn’t have a  history of being forthright on safety and preparation.  They believed that all would be taken care of by the experts.  They found that those watching the nuclear power plants were not doing their job and not ready for all possible contingencies—as should be the case in an energy options so wildly dangerous as nuclear power. 

Japan can go hogwild now with wind and solar energy, but not so much with the other choices—the fossil fuel, greenhouse gas emitting choices—because their choices are now limited.  There is no time to play around with Climate Change, their country’s energy needs, and safety.  So, this new idea is great; it’s just really late and has come at a great cost to the planet and Japan’s people:

Japan 'plans solar panels for all new buildings' "Japan is considering a plan that would make it compulsory for all new buildings and houses to come fitted with solar panels by 2030, a business daily said Sunday. The plan, expected to be unveiled at the upcoming G8 Summit in France, aims to show Japan's resolve to encourage technological innovation and promote the wider use of renewable energy, the Nikkei daily said." May 22, 2011) - Science News, Technology, Physics, Nanotechnology, Space Science, Earth Science, Medicine

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