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Nuclear Issue in Limbo as Indecision Grips Japan


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TOKYO — Several industrialized countries have turned their backs on nuclear power as a result of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, including one that has already begun permanently shutting functioning plants. That country is not Japan.

“Germany chose to get rid of nuclear power because of Fukushima, while the United States is still in favor, but what about Japan, where the accident took place?” said Jun Tateno, who has written several books on nuclear power. “We still have not had a proper public debate about the most fundamental question: Do we want nuclear power’s low-cost electricity for growth, or do we want a safer, nuclear-free society

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The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

A milestone has been reached in the 60-year struggle to harness the nuclear reactions that power the Sun in an experiment that could lead to a way of producing an unlimited source of clean and sustainable energy in the form of nuclear fusion.

Scientists in California said on Wednesday night that they have for the first time managed to release more energy from their nuclear fusion experiment than they put into it,

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Paladin Energy suspends output from key Malawi mine

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TORONTO ( – TSX- and ASX-listed Paladin Energy on Friday revealed that it had suspended production at its Kayelekera mine, in Malawi, saying the operation was a severe drain on the company’s finances in the sustained low uranium-price environment

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Stock Trader Update 07 February 2014

This is just a quick note to let you know how our new venture, 'Stock Trader' has been doing. Well, 2013 was probably the worst year to start such a venture because the miners as represented by the HUI lost 50% of their value. This decline in stock prices inhibited our ability to trade, especially on the long side.

Most of the time we were in cash which is about as dull as dish water, however,

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Uranium Industry Remains in Post-Fukushima Funk


As the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown approaches, the atomic energy industry remains in flux.

The cleanup at the crippled plant will be going on for years but the fallout has also been international.

Germany shut its 17 nuclear reactors

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UK nuclear experts to help decommision Fukushima

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Engineers from Sellafield to travel to Japan to advise on shutting down the stricken site

British nuclear experts are being lined up to help decommission the damaged Fukushima power plant in a move that could reboot Japan’s atomic power capabilities.

Lady Judge, the British-American nuclear expert and adviser at Fukushima, is organising for engineers from Sellafield in Cumbria to travel to Japan to advise on decontaminating and shutting down the stricken site

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Nuclear, wind and renewable debate: Bennett and Dorries

An offshore wind farm off the Cumbrian coast in the Irish Sea starts generating electricity for the first time on Tuesday and will later have more than 100 turbines, with enough electricity for almost 300,000 homes.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said renewable energy costs more, but gave a "reliable energy source that we know of the cost of"

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Weinstein: Nuclear power remains our best option for grid stability

By Bernard L. Weinstein

Global warming notwithstanding, 2013-14 will likely go down as America's coldest winter in decades.

Several weeks ago, when America was assaulted by the "polar vortex," nearly 200 million people were dealing with subfreezing weather, and record low temperatures were being recorded in many eastern and southern communities.

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This Week in Energy: At the Crossroads of Japan’s Energy Future

By James Stafford

Japan’s 9 February gubernatorial elections are being billed largely as a referendum on the fate of the country’s nuclear energy future—an election that will shape the debate on whether Japan should continue its reliance on nuclear energy, at least for the next two decades.

The gubernatorial elections come as Abe administration is hoping to restart some nuclear power plants

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Thorium: An Alternative for Nuclear Energy?

Thorium, a slightly radioactive metal that occurs in rocks and soils, may hold significant promise as a replacement for uranium in the nuclear energy sector.

As global energy consumption increases, thorium is being looked into as a possible alternative to uranium to provide safe and abundant nuclear power at a reasonable cost.

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