August 2011, Vol. 238 No. 8

Features

Impact Of Japan's Nuclear Disaster On New And Planned Facilities

Japan’s March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident dealt a tremendous blow to nuclear facilities, both planned and operating, around the globe. It also ignited fresh interest in natural gas and added to the pressure on countries to replace coal power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Germany and Japan both have made dramatic shifts in their nuclear stance, and many countries have been reevaluating the safety of current and future nuclear facilities. This shift is driving speculation that natural gas — especially gas in shale formations — will be the main stop-gap energy source until renewable energy become more economically viable. But even if gas surges in

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