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Today, nuclear power. Three articles. You've got to be aware today that two of the articles;
one of them is from a very right wing setup called the World Nuclear News - so you know
what camp they're in; and the other one is from a socialist website; so lets start with the
World Nuclear News say that 25% is the best level for Japan to be at when they are talking
about what percentage of their power comes from nuclear. They came up with three
scenarios. They don't even mention the second one, but they talk about two scenarios.
With the first scenario - no nuclear power, so you've still got your hydro, your solar, your
wind, and your dirty, dirty coal power. This scenario scored worse on everything, except
obviously nuclear waste - because nuclear waste, you can't put that in any nice way - but in everything else it scored the best.
Scenario #3 - 25% of Japan's power is created with nuclear. Before the big earthquake and
tsunami it was 30%. So if we go with that, 25% nuclear. You've still got your coal, hydro,
your tidal, your wind; you've still got all those but 25% nuclear. What would be the
advantages? Power prices - cheaper for you. That's always nice. Big one, talking about our climate change issue of the other day, 67 million tonnes less carbon dioxide emissions.
That's got to be a big one. Self sufficiency - at the moment Japan is having to import a lot of stuff to run their power stations so they're not self sufficient. Under Scenario #3 with the 25%nuclear self sufficiency would be a 28%. Japan would be 28% self sufficient. At the moment, without nuclear, 19% self sufficient. That would create savings of 2.1 trillion yen.
(210,000,000,000). One trillion is a thousand million. That's a lot. Because of that, if they go with Scenario #3, they can get to a positive trade balance because at the moment Japan is
spending so much money on importing.
So nuclear is all good. Really you have to think about it and add it up. I think the earthquake didn't cause the meltdown at Fukushima. If those generators had of been properly protected it wouldn't have been a problem. It's only because the generators were taken out that it went down. So I don't know. There's just so many pluses to nuclear. I come from a nuclear free
country too. There you go.
Next one. Two workers at TEPCO Fukushima aren't happy about nuclear power, because
they're dead. Two workers killed at TEPCO Fukushima. Fukushima Dai Ni I think. Crushed. One fell into a big tub, and one was crushed by gravel. Did we hear about that on the news? I don't think we did. Now you've got your very leftwing website, the World Socialist News, they're talking about the ruling elite of Japan don't care about the workers and general public.
Since 2011 there's been skimming of money by TEPCO. There's been organised crime
getting homeless men to do the most dangerous jobs for little or no money. Crazy. 7000
people working at Fukushima Nuclear Plant. I didn't know that.
Third story. A mum who's not happy with nuclear power, she's made a movie 'Endless
Journey' (actually 'Journey without End'), based on her mum's book, 'Please Listen'. She's
from Suzaka. She's traveled round. She went to Fukushima. She went to the Marshall Islands where America did their nuclear testing; went to Kazakstan, the home of Borat and Russia's nuclear testing. She talked to a lot of fishermen who were around Bikini Atoll when the
Americans did their testing; and it's a fairly eyeopening read. Have a look at it.