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Who Really Needs Japan’s Nuclear Plants

Kyodo News mentions that 9 industries in Japan want the nuclear plants turned back on. They specifically name 2 of them.

Nine industry bodies including the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and the Japan Mining Industry.

It has been proven that Japan does not have an energy shortage after threats of blackouts failed to happen. The costs and consequences of nuclear power are shouldered by the people yet it has become apparent they are not the major consumers of energy. In most developed countries industry is the largest user of energy. Yet when energy policy is discussed it largely revolves around residential & commercial needs to conserve and rate hikes on those rate categories.

The industries pushing the government to restart reactors are also the largest consumers of electricity yet shoulder little of the total risk posed by these reactors. Energy is almost always presented to the public in the context of residential consumption. Comparisons such as the home conveniences most consumers enjoy are presented as the sole reason nuclear power or increasing production of electricity is needed. In reality it isn’t your cold beer or hot shower that requires nuclear power or the total amount of electricity. Industry’s consumption is notably absent from these public discussions of energy.

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