Nuclear Energy Boosting Power Throughout World
Source: Uranium Investing News (1/28/09)
"France and Japan are leading examples of reliance on nuclear power with minimal ill effects."
France and Japan are leading examples of reliance on nuclear power with minimal ill effects.
At the first oil crisis in 1973, only 1% of Japan's electricity was produced by nuclear energy. By the second oil crisis of 1979, 4% was from nuclear; in 2000 the ratio was up to 12%, and the 2010 goal is 15%. As of 2005, Japan had 52 operating nuclear plants, 3 in construction and 8 in planning and design.
France is even more ahead: Its 59 nuclear plants produce 88% of the country's electric power. There are about 440 nuclear power plants on the globe. France, Japan and the U.S. combined produce over 55% of the nuclear power energy on the globe.
The advantage of nuclear power is that it produces large amounts of dependable and easily controlled electric power like hydroelectric, coal-fired or oil-fired power plants. Solar, wind and wave energy have huge limitations in terms of capacity and reliability; practically all deployments are still experimental and heavily subsidized.