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DrMarty | June 13, 2012 at 01:25 amby
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Previously, Noda had expressed himself in favor of restarting the plants, if it was all right with everybody. Friday night, Noda expressed himself in terms of life and death:
"To protect people's lives -- this is my one and only criterion in judging the issue that has divided the nation into two," Noda said. "Livelihoods should never be threatened by failing to restart nuclear reactors." "If a sudden blackout happens, some people's lives could be jeopardized."
But it is not only blackouts to be feared. During last summer's "voluntary" cutback in electricity usage, there was a noticeable increase in deaths from heatstroke, as air conditioning was reduced or cut. Reductions in street lighting and similar measures resulted in additional automotive accidents and an increases in robberies, mugging, and similar crimes. "Saving electricity" does NOT result in saving lives.
The population of Japan agrees. Even with all the negative stories and outright propaganda after the Fukushima accident, only over a quarter of the population wishes to abandon nuclear power. A poll by the anti-nuclear NHK network indicates that 28 percent of the population said they want Japan to give up nuclear energy by 2030.
The local population concurs. Shinobu Tokioka, mayor of Ohi, where the first two reactors (Ohi #3 and #4) to be restarted are located, is expected to announce to the town assembly on Thursday that he will approve switching the reactors back on. The town's assembly decided in May to approve the resumption
The prefecture's nuclear safety committee has already declared the plant's No. 3 and No. 4 reactors safe. It submitted a report to prefecture governor Issei Nishikawa on Monday.
The announcement of a re-start could come as early as this weekend. Telling the truth, and giving leadership, makes all the difference.
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