LA Times: US ‘nuclear renaissance’ short-circuited by Fukushima, study finds — “Clear that we are witnessing not a revival but a collapse” says legal expert

Published: December 28th, 2011 at 9:57 pm ET


Report: US nuclear renaissance unlikely after Fukushima, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 28, 2011:

A new study released Wednesday said that the regulatory fallout from the Fukushima power plant disaster in Japan in March will short-circuit the U.S.nuclear renaissance of new power plant construction.

Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at the Vermont Law School

  • “This is an important moment to compare what is really likely to happen over the next 10 years with the industry’s expectations” of a nuclear renaissance
  • “When that comparison is performed properly, it becomes clear that we are witnessing not a revival but a collapse in expectations for new reactor construction”

View the study here

Published: December 28th, 2011 at 9:57 pm ET


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26 comments to LA Times: US ‘nuclear renaissance’ short-circuited by Fukushima, study finds — “Clear that we are witnessing not a revival but a collapse” says legal expert

  • arclight arclight

    wait till they pop their eyes onto the december 15 acro report!

    that`ll finish them for sure!! no nukes!!

    free health care for all japanese now!!

    new legislation for internally displaced refugees!!

    more power to grass roots organisations like green action!!

    free the press!!

    make change now!!

    peace light and love to the japanese that are caught up in this corporate juggling match!! our thoughts here at enenews are always with you! sorry i havent always posted as delicately as i should have!! but my heart is always with you! banzai!!

  • 5 Point Action Plan to eliminate all nukes, it really is quite simple once you decide this is the goal to accomplish.

    Scroll down 1 page to the blue highlighted area

  • maaa

    If NRC is smart, they will close all the nuke plants down and push all the future cancer related illness to Fukushima.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Yippee! First really good news I’ve seen for awhile.

    • James2

      Tide is shifting a bit in favor of the people.

      “They” know that just a slight shift can bring the water over the levee, and once it starts it is unstoppable as fuku corium headed for China., so they will work to put another finger in the dike.

  • Only IF YOU keep the Fuka and other’s at the forefront, the lies, the deaths, the disfigured !

    Don’t forget the people whom have suffered and will forever !
    Children of Chernobyl !

    We never stop thinking about you !!!!!!!!!!A!

  • arclight arclight

    i maintain as long as the press continues to ignore this situation it will NEVER improve. how can we overcome the secrecy??.. hey! whats this doin here!! LQQK!

    Canada quietly shipping bomb-grade uranium to U.S.
    Highly enriched uranium shipments ‘secret’
    The Canadian Press Posted: Dec 27

    “Weapons-grade uranium is quietly being transported within Canada, and into the United States, in shipments the country’s nuclear watchdog wants to keep cloaked in secrecy.”

    “That same memorandum, dated Feb. 25, 2011, points out that recent hearings for another nuclear-shipment case generated intense public and media interest. The controversy has stalled the project to ship 16 generators from a Bruce Power nuclear plant through the Great Lakes, up the St. Lawrence River and on to Europe.

    “Given the public and media interest surrounding Bruce Power’s plan … there may be an expectation that similar information be made public on the shipments of spent HEU (highly enriched uranium) fuel to the U.S., and that the CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission) hold public hearings,” said the document, addressed to then natural resources minister Christian Paradis.

    The government added that there has never been a significant transport accident involving nuclear materials, anywhere in the world, and that such shipments occur regularly in Canada.”

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      “The government added that there has never been a significant transport accident involving nuclear materials, anywhere in the world, and that such shipments occur regularly in Canada.”

      I just want to comment on the trick embedded in this kind of claim, since governments and the nuke industry use it often and it may not be obvious to all.

      The trick is to state that X has not happened yet, then let you make the (incorrect) logical leap that X will never happen. The fallacy is often illustrated with a story of two turkeys on a farm talking about how good life is – on the day before Thanksgiving (North American joke).

      The nuke industry uses this fallacious reasoning to claim their plants are safe. “Only two (disclosed) major accidents in half a century (oops, three now).” They forget to add that the next one could come today, and they also forget to add that any one of them could turn into an extinction event.

      Shut them all down.

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        One more thought on the quoted fragment…

        I am struck by the contrast in modern governments’ propaganda that no fragment of nuclear material must fall into the hands of the T-word people (and that is why we must all be strip-searched at borders, have our correspondence and phones monitored, and so forth)…

        yet at the same time…

        the government/industry people can ship nuke material wherever they want whenever they want and it is all perfectly safe.

        Shut down the nukes. It’s not worth the risks.

  • arclight arclight

    Inside Chernobyl’s Sarcophagus – BBC Horizon

  • arclight arclight

    Without SPEEDI, residents fled in direction of radiation
    December 27, 2011

    “Instead of using SPEEDI, which forecasts the spread of radiation from a nuclear accident, the government in effect simply told residents to flee, according to the report.

    According to the report, Namie moved its local government functions to the Tsushima district in the northwestern part of the town following evacuation instructions from the central government early on March 12.

    Namie officials then instructed residents to evacuate to the Tsushima district or at least to a radius between 10 and 20 kilometers from the Fukushima No. 1 plant.”

  • arclight arclight

    Japan scraps plan to give away 10,000 free flights to visitors
    National Dec. 29, 2011

    “TOKYO —
    The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) has given up its plan to give away 10,000 free flights to foreigners to visit the country after the government refused to allocate a budget for the campaign.

    The 1.18 billion yen budget request for the project titled Fly to Japan! (to offer flight tickets to 10,000 foreigners) was not approved as part of the governmental draft budget for FY 2012, the JTA said on its website.”

    “We realize that this announcement is going to disappoint thousands of people around the world….” 🙂 thousands of schill bloggers?

    emphasise added…..


  • arclight arclight

    Gov’t wants to buy abandoned Fukushima land to store radioactive waste
    National Dec. 29, 2011

    The facilities, which would have concrete walls, will be used to store containers of contaminated soil and radioactive waste from the no-go zone and other areas in and around Fukushima Prefecture.

    The waste will initially be stored for three years in short-term repositories while the government constructs bigger facilities for storage over a 30-year period.

    Hosono said he envisioned the biggest facility would cover an area of 5 square kilometers and be able to hold up to 28 million cubic meters of waste.”


  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Wonderful news…..keep it coming!
    Good start for this day. Morning all.


  • Kevin Kevin

    Well this is precisely what we want I am not breaking out the champagne.

    America has already announced a new build.\

    Newly privatized of AECL Canada has recenlty announced a new project.

    The UK is rolling out 8 new projects, with Monbiot as head cheerleader.

    Russia of all places views Fukushima as hardly a speed bump worth slowing down for.

    This is the time to ratchet up the opposition and starting to untangle the deception and spin of the Fukushima disaster is a prominant priority.

    Hats of to the ENENEWS crowd for all they do in this respect.

  • aigeezer aigeezer

    “…the regulatory fallout from the Fukushima power plant disaster in Japan in March will short-circuit the U.S.nuclear renaissance…”

    The story is encouraging, but look at the spin in the quoted fragment. To paraphrase:

    …regulatory (red tape) fallout… (a bad thing) will short-circuit (a bad thing)… the U.S. (anthems blare)… renaissance (a wonderful thing).

    If you are Joe or Jane citizen, oblivious to nuclear issues, you could well interpret such an item as “government red tape will stop the renaissance that would have led to jobs, jobs, jobs”.

    When and if the industry dries up, I hope the underlying causes are much more substantial than “regulatory fallout” – otherwise it will just bounce back.

    This is far from over.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      aigeezer, I’m afraid you’re right.

      @all, btw, are there any new news concerning the California “shutdown” initiative?

    • Kevin Kevin

      Good old NLP

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        Hi Kevin. I never studied NLP so I can’t comment on it. My micro-parsing habits come in part from curiosity about how spin is created, managed, propagated, and so on. In the abstract, it’s a cool topic. It’s one thing when it’s used to sell soap or beer, but when it’s used to affect whether we live or die it really gets my attention.

        The playing field is so uneven. On the one side we see the government/military/industrial behemoth, with lots of money, motivation, talent, and all the levers of power. On the other side – tada – us, the public. They are focused. We are all over the place.

        How will the game turn out? I guess we’ll all find out.

        • Kevin Kevin

          Well in many respects its all pretty predictable based on precedent. As Busby often concludes, Chernobyl should have rocked the foundations of this industry to the point that it closed the doors. Now we stand on the eve of a new revitalized, resurgence of a new era known as the nuclear renaissance. A multi trillion dollar frieght train where Fukushima, as it stands, has proven to be a mere speedbump at best.

          There is lots of work to do and, aigeezer, the untangling of spin while shining the light on the mass manipulation and deceptoin of this war based industry is vital, required and extremely important. Your skill in doing so is appreciated and pivotal in turing the tide.

          • aigeezer aigeezer

            Thanks, Kevin. I think often about why this particular industry is so resilient when it is such an obvious loser. After all, the English stopped burning coal when they realized the connection to lethal London fogs, the world has generally stopped using lead in paints and gasoline, DDT is banned in most places, and so forth. We usually manage to figure these things out and adapt.

            The best explanation I can come up with is the tie to the nuke weapons industry, in which the “waste” or “surplus” from one industry becomes the “consumables” or “fuel” for the other, and the expert players in the one industry often find themselves working in the other. I know other people have said this also – just commenting on my own train of thought.

            This leads me to wonder whether the American public would accept or reject the nuclear power industry if they were told “this is what allows us to be what we are in the world”. I’m talking hypotheticals: IF nuclear power and nuclear weapons must go hand-in-hand, and IF the public were offered a clear choice, THEN what would they choose?

            It’s just a thought experiment. Our individual opinions don’t really matter much, and it is unlikely the direct question would ever be asked. Enenews readers are probably not a statistically valid sample in any case (I’m glad to say).

            Other than California’s proposed Nuclear Waste Act of 2012, I’m not aware of any relevant ballot choices as the U.S. goes into its 2012 election mode. The L.A. Times coverage of that initiative spins strongly against it:


            … with absurd but effective bogeymen like “would disrupt one of the state’s most reliable power sources” (Fukushima demonstrates that claim’s absurdity).

            Shut them all down. Otherwise they will destroy us sooner or later.

            • Kevin Kevin

              You are quite correct.

              There is a long established, extremely calculative communications pattern designed entirely to seperate power generation from weaponry. The only time it is violated is when “rogue” nations are ratcheting nuclear power generation and the Empire needs fodder for interventionalist policies. The most current example being Iran.

              The power generator’s insider rhetorical temple and well built message box is entirely devoid of anything remotely related to weaponry and or the continous, unavoidable discharge of various radioactive substances and their impact on human health ranging from Tritium laced water discharges (which is another reason they are always built near water) to venting. Not to mention waste containment issues.

              It is remarkable how far reaching this is. This podcast I have been posting is an amazing example of the overwhelming mind set of these people. They even laugh and joke about Fukushima while “reporting” on a recent report released that constitutes what they believe to be a thoroughly exhaustive report covering the entire Fukushima disaster from day one.

              It is truly creepy to be exposed to the cult like, brainwash these people have undergone and how it impacts their discourse, dictates their thoughts and actions and supports the unsuppportable. I strongly recommend listening if you can keep your cookies down. You have a strong skill in breaking down the use of language, you will a have hey day with this one.


              Its also good in preparing to respond to the industry and it provides insight into how stories we deem unbelievable continue to surface on a dialy basis. When you hear the mindset and opinion of these people alot of things become clearer

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Maybe we should email this article a million times to the NRC.. who have been very naughty recently and managed to get some nuke plants up and off the shelve.. by a 15 year approval of the design.. ok.. um the current garbage reactors had a 30 year life.. I feel so safe.. and then what? 15 years? how does that factor into the cost, the risk, and who the hell will dismantle the pos at the end of 15 years.. why don’t these power plants have to factor in and put aside funds for decommissioning and accidents? 80% of every dollar generated is for high salaries… pathetic..

  • stopnp stopnp

    Good. Shut them all down.