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United Daily News: Why do U.S., Russia, Japan still keep nuclear power?

United Daily News: Why do U.S., Russia, Japan still keep nuclear power?

Just as nuclear power has existed in the world for more than 50 years, anti-nuclear arguments have also continued for over half a century. But even when anti-nuclear movements are escalating worldwide following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan, the status of nuclear power has not been shaken. This demonstrates that continuing or abolishing nuclear power is not an easy choice. The United States, Russia and Japan have all suffered huge damage from nuclear disasters, but all have still opted to maintain nuclear power after heated debate. By 2030, Russia will have added 38 nuclear reactors and will have helped other countries build 28. Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, meanwhile, is planning to scrap the previous administration's zero-nuclear policy and resume power generation at nuclear power plants. In the United States, Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz is also a supporter of nuclear power. He argues that "it would be a mistake" to let the Fukushima crisis cause governments to abandon nuclear power and its benefits. He also said that if the United States does not invest in nuclear technology now, Americans will look back with regret. To the policymakers of these three countries, the Fukushima incident is a driving force for them to upgrade nuclear safety, rather than a reason to scrap nuclear power. The arguments presented in Taiwan for and against nuclear power have all been debated before in the United States, Russia and Japan. Unlike those three countries, however, Taiwan is much smaller and cannot endure any such disaster. But again, this is a question involving nuclear safety technology and is not necessarily a decisive factor for giving up nuclear power. If it is so easy to say "no" to nuclear power, why didn't the United States, Russia and Japan do so? (Editorial abstract -- March 21, 2013) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-04-15 06:03 GMT+08:00