Japan's March 11 Earthquake and the Future of Nuclear Energy
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Almost all of Japan's nuclear reactors have shut down in the aftermath of last year's meltdowns, and the nation is still struggling to overcome the massive earthquake and devastating tsunami. We hear from Tokyo, and about plans to build new reactors here in the US. Also, the challenge facing President Obama's strategy for withdrawal in Afghanistan.
Banner image; Policemen stand guard at a check point 20 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 9, 2012. Nobody, except people who have special permission, can enter after a tsunami destroyed the plant on March 11, 2011. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images
Afghan Hostility to US Presence Endangers Mission ()
Green berets reportedly are talking to Afghan villagers after the alleged killings of at least 16 people, including nine children, by an American soldier. The Taliban has threatened reprisals, and tensions are very high, with President Karzai calling the incident "unforgiveable." In the US, a recent poll shows 60 percent find the war no longer worth fighting, but political leaders are divided. We hear from Kabul and Washington. Can trust be restored? Is the withdrawal strategy likely to change?
- Craig Whitlock: Washington Post, @CraigMWhitlock
- Graham Bowley: New York Times, @Graham_Bowley
- Michael Hirsh: National Journal, @michaelphirsh
- Lawrence Korb: Center for American Progress, @LarryKorb
Japan's March 11 Earthquake and the Future of Nuclear Energy ()
One year ago yesterday, Japan experienced a massive earthquake, devastating tsunami and the meltdown of the nuclear facility at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor. Nearly all of its nuclear reactors have shut down and Japan is still struggling to overcome last year's multiple disasters. Yet Japanese companies continue to promote nuclear power elsewhere, and some 60 reactors are under construction globally. We hear from Tokyo and about plans to build new reactors here in the US.
- Hitoshi Abe: University of California, Los Angeles
- Chester Dawson: Wall Street Journal, @DeliverTheFirm
- Stephen A. Smith: Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
- Scott Peterson: Nuclear Energy Institute, @Nuclear_policy
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