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If even half of Japan's current nuclear reactors restart, they would make for about 15% of Japan's electricity production. Renewables would be about 10% and coal would take up the remainder. This seems to be the current direction Japan is heading into. With coal gasification plants they hope to reduce the CO2 output compared to directly burning the coal.

Interesting sidenote hereby is that Japan has no significant expansion room for renewables (solar, wind, geothermal) left. Further geothermal would destroy heritage sites (hotsprings, etc.) and in the densely populated yet mountainous country room for solar panels and wind turbines is scarce.

Japan's options for electricity generation thus come down to fossil fuels, nuclear, or both.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables.
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High initial cost I can certainly see. High cost of first generation plants I can also see. I looking towards second and third generation plants. :-) someone has to get the ball rolling. 
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In 2000 when Germany started its transition to renewable energy with its so-called Energiewende, it seemed filled with certainty that it would accomplish this lofty goal. When in 2011 it shut down many of its nuclear power plants and said it'd do it without nuclear power, it seemed convinced that it would accomplish this.

The harsh reality is that the only winner in this whole game is Germany's massive coal industry. Even the most polluting form of coal, lignite or brown coal, accounts for no less than 26% of the electricity produced in Germany. Nuclear power was its only real competition where electricity has to be provided 24/7, but now that too is fading.

The result is more coal-fired plants being built in Germany and more lignite being burned. Never once has Germany's dream of a green future seemed more distant.
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+Matthew Greene Not to mention from standing next to a smoker. On average a smoker gets exposed to 60-160 mSv/year, with still a large part of radioactive particles remaining in the exhaled smoke. Next to the US yearly limit for civilians of 3 mSv/year, that's just patently ridiculous.
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Of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors it is still quite uncertain how many will come back online. With Japan's new nuclear safety commission imposing some of the most stringent checks on commercial nuclear safety, It is expected that maybe only half of Japan's existing reactors will come back online, either due to age or due to its proximity to fault lines or similar.

As these 54 reactors were responsible for 30% of Japan's electricity production, fossil fuel has been employed in the period after the complete shutdown, at shocking costs. Japan's current trade deficit has not once in its history been this far in the red.

For the future there is no chance of a significant expansion of wind, solar or geothermal energy as all reasonably available capacity here has already been used. This only leaves Japan with the option to build new nuclear reactors, a proposition unlikely to be very familiar with its population, yet the only way that Japan can sustain its wealth and prosperity.
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Morio blocks this account too, without an opinion , obviously something fishy, no worries people block me for being intersexed, most of the time... not often do I get blocked for my opinions and thoughts on energy issues.
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The A-10 plane is scheduled to be replaced by the fragile and hyper-expensive F-35 JSF by 2020. At US airbases throughout the world where these legendary planes are based, their crew gradually resign themselves to this incomprehensible decision from the top brass.

The A-10 is a Cold War era tank-killer and close air-support plane, featuring the largest Gatling gun in use in the world today as well as the most heavy armouring and complete redundancy of any military plane. It has survived RPG and countless cases of small arms fire attacks, often limping home with half a wing and engine missing.

The F-35 on the other hand is a single-engine, unarmoured, high-speed oriented plane with essentially no defence against even a burst of fire from an AK-47 type firearm. Beyond its missiles it has no offensive capability against armoured ground-based targets including tanks.
The nation’s fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II planes is destined for the bone yard under Pentagon plans to phase out the close air support aircraft. The Nellis Air Force squadron commander is caught in the middle, torn between switching to the F-35 while knowing that the A-10 is still the best, proven aircraft for close air support.
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Heh. So it's a Zero, but fast, stealthy, and orders of magnitude more costly.

It just smacks of a similar stupidity as the decision to arm the Phantom with only missiles...
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Princeton University and Northwestern University researchers have concluded based upon analysis of 1,779 policy issues that the U.S. is in reality an oligarchy and not a democracy, as often claimed.

An oligarchy is a political system in which a small elite determines all policies and makes any and all decisions. This elite can be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control.

What makes the US into an oligarchy is that an individual American has a completely negligible effect on any decisions made by the US government, ergo said individual is completely at the whim of this elite. The destruction of the middle class in the US through economic policies is another indication of this.
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+David LaVie
There are no national(federal) positions or actions decided by a popular vote because it would not be very fair to the less populous states if there were. That is why we have two legislative branches, to balance population versus states rights. Deciding federal policy by popular vote would end run that safeguard. Which in my opinion is pretty stupid.

If I wanted to live like a New Yorker or a Californian I'd go live in one of those shit holes.
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20 km. That's the smallest feature size we have of most of the ocean floors, thanks to radar-based mapping of gravitational effects on the ocean's surface by satellites. This is obviously completely useless to prevent submarines from colliding with undersea formations, such as the USS San Francisco found out when it collided with one in 2005, inflicting severe damage.

To fully map the ocean's floors using ships would take about 10 years with 20 ships and 3 billion USD. The advantage of having accurate maps of the ocean floor aside from preventing collisions would be to significantly easy search & rescue operations, including the one for MH370. The current area in which the black boxes are suspected to be are a severely rugged terrain, which is almost impossible to navigate without maps.
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We need a Seaquest
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You don't need to suffer burn-out repeatedly to become successful in life. Quite the contrary. Recharging and relaxing are as much part of this as putting in a lot of work is.
As I've been out on the road talking about Thrive, it's been inspiring meeting people and hearing their stories about how they're trying to navigate our culture of overwork and burnout. "I don't
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Great article on why the retirement of the A-10 close air support (CAS) plane makes no sense and could seriously endanger the lives of US and other friendly troops as well as those of civilians. Written by US senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain & Saxby Chambliss.
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There was apparently a detailed plan for a manned Mars mission presented to George Bush senior, but the sticker shock for the building of an orbital assembly facility, huge interplanetary spacecraft, and massive rockets to lift all of it was too much for the administration. 

I'm partial to the Mars Direct concept, myself. Cheap, simple, and with more safeguards than any other plan:
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People want to believe. That is pretty much the essence of why humans are so horrifyingly terrible at estimating risks, as demonstrated by so-called organic food, nuclear power and scary diseases like Ebola.
            The goal of this blog is to help raise awareness of what I call <a href="">The Risk Perception Gap</a>  the danger that arises when we worry about some things more than the evidence suggests we need to, or less about some things than the evidence warns we should. These <em>mis</em>perceptions are the natural ...
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+Morio Murase I have an organic garden. I use no pesticides, again, not because of nutritional value but because I try to be a good steward of the earth.
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Almere, Netherlands - Rijssen, Netherlands - Sijbekarspel, Netherlands - Hoorn, Netherlands - Waterloo-Kitchener, Canada - Zaandam, Netherlands - Mosjøen, Norway
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I'm a software engineer, full-time geek, science junkie, and generally grew up with computers, technology and Star Trek. I love creating the most fantastic software and games. I have a photographic memory and tend to bore people with trivia at any chance :)

I'm also a hermaphrodite, basically a twin in a single body. This has really determined my life, due to being born in the conservative Netherlands where I have had to fight off countless attempts to brainwash me into accepting major surgery to make me 'normal'. See Wikipedia for 'intersex', which is the major category of which hermaphroditism is part.

I'm looking for the fun & sunny side of life, even after suffering PTSD and various other traumatic disorders as a result of the persecution and discrimination I still suffer in the Netherlands for just being who and what I am.
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Survived about 9 years so far of persecution and discrimination for being intersex.
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