Milton Caplan - Following the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima accident, it is good to see there is less emphasis on the nuclear accident and more discussion of the significant natural disaster – the tsunami and earthquake that killed some 20,000 and destroyed so much, leaving 300,000 homeless. It is now clear that the nuclear accident will not be a cause for radiation-induced cancer, food is not contaminated, and most people can return to their homes should they so desire.
On the other hand, in Germany a decision to shut down some nuclear units in 2011 immediately following the Fukushima accident and to close the rest by 2022 has led to a large new build construction program of lignite-fired units to meet short term energy needs. With several under construction and some now in operation, coal is producing about half of Germany’s electricity.
(R. Terrell, Art Crino) USofA - Clean Energy: The Nuclear Solution (Interview on www.thenewamerican.com)03.Mar.2015
Art Crino, P.E., is a retired licensed electrical engineer. He began his career in design and construction of gas-fired steam electric and large hydro stations. He covers many subjects related to fossil fuel and nuclear power, both which are essential to modern living and economy.
Senator Lamar Alexander has been a supporter of nuclear power for decades. In this recent report, he describes what the United States will be like if we don't start building nuclear power plants, resolving what to do with spent nuclear fuel, and how to manage the actual waste after recycling fuel in fast reactors.
Alan Waltar, nuclear engineer, Past President of the American Nuclear Society: This provides a very comprehensive, easy to understand history of fast reactor development around the world. Fast reactors are extremely important for the long term supply of electrical energy. The following countries have contributed to development of fast reactors: China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States