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Net-zero world must conquer its irrational fear of nuclear power

Financial Times

Jonathan Ford

 

NOVEMBER 3, 2019

In March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi power plant was swamped when a tsunami struck the coast of Japan, leading to a nuclear meltdown in several of its reactors. The accident sparked an upsurge of anti-nuclear feeling across the country. Angry public demonstrations piled pressure on a jittery Japanese government. So to protect the people from any further risk from such accidents, politicians applied the precautionary principle. Over the next few months, they closed the country’s entire nuclear industry down. In a recent paper about the Fukushima aftermath, three academics looked at what happened as a result of that decision.