The Fukushima nuclear crisis changed the national debate over energy policy almost overnight.
By shattering the government’s long-pitched safety myth about nuclear power, the crisis dramatically raised public awareness about energy use and sparked strong antinuclear sentiment. [...]
Before March 11, the government and media had generally ignored the voices of alternative energy advocates, he said. But the disaster poisoned the favorable environment for the pronuclear bureaucracy and all of the nation’s reactors may find themselves idle in the coming months — at least temporarily — if politicians fail to ease Japan’s boiling anitinuclear [sic] sentiment. [...]
Published: January 3rd, 2012 at 10:59 am ET