If nuclear reactor is not used, what will be the replacement when oil runs out?

@asxenon (1441)
Malaysia
March 16, 2011 9:29am CST
Since tsunami that happens in japan disrupted the function of nuclear plant causing it to malfunction, explode and emitting dangerous elements to the environment, nuclear reactor core meltdown and fear of radiation exposure has been felt not only by people in japan but also throughout the world. Many countries that thought of using nuclear as alternative source of energy are now reconsidering whether to adapt this technology. My question is, if nuclear power is banned, what other source of energy can replace oil when it runs out? Will there be enough electricity to support the whole world? Or people need to return to their primitive stage where no electricity is available?
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@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
17 Mar 11
One of the viable sources of energy alternatives for Japan that has been mentioned in the news of late is natural gas. Australia already exports huge quantities to such countries as Korea & Malaysia. It isn't exactly clean energy, it is safer than nuclear & doesn't make oil spills & is supposed to discharge fewer greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere than coal. It is cheap though & provides quite a big "bang for your buck". There is apparently natural gas infrastructure in place in Japan, as well as oil fueled power generation plants. They are saying that these two will be expanded quickly & relatively inexpensively to try to compensate for the losses in nuclear power. You are right about other countries that were considering using nuclear power are now reconsidering. We only have one tiny experimental plant here in Australia which has been plagued with problems from the beginning. The thing is, Japan's reactors are thought to be the very best in the world. That sends grave fears out to those other countries that have old nuclear reactors. There is another way. People as individuals should be responsible for their own power generation instead of relying on a centralized power distribution system. They should use no more electricity than they are capable of generating. There is plenty of tried & true "new technology" out there that individuals can build very, very cheaply right now to supply themselves with enough power for the rest of their lives, maintenance-free & sustainably / renewably / environmentally friendly. Electricity should not be controlled by some huge organizations, cartels & governments, but be freely available to each of us as we have need to use it.
@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 11
Wow, it sure is good if individuals are responsible for their own power generation. However, what will happen to the poor, i don't think they will have enough money to build a small energy source. Even solar generated power requires quite some investment... Anyway, it is the best way to control the usage of energy :D
• Adelaide, Australia
18 Mar 11
Solar & wind power require a huge outlay which will take around 25 years to break even! They are definitely not the way to go. If I could show you how to build your own power supply for about $50 from junk box parts you can get anywhere, would you be interested? You could, with some small effort, run every appliance in your house from it indefinitely. Follow all the links in my discussion if you're interested & comment if you wish: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2409876.aspx
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@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 11
Thanks veganbliss, i will check it out :p
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
17 Mar 11
I definitely would not want to go back to the old days. We should go forward and not backward. Hopefully, someday the scientists would find a nature friendly nuclear plants or something and make the world a safer place. However, considering all the prophecy that our earth would one day destroyed beyond recognition, I doubt this will find will materialized. We can only hope for the best at a time.
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@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 11
Yes. Praying, hoping and daydreaming is what we can do now :p Let's hope our scientists are good enough to find someways to provide us with the energy we need :D
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
18 Mar 11
Dreaming is always good. Hoping keeps us living. Praying gives us miracles.
@krajibg (11942)
• Guwahati, India
16 Mar 11
Hi there, This is a serious matter. If the radiation increases there is a threat to life and that too not less. Hope they would find a way out so that radiation stops. About the alternative to Electricity we would need to utilize nuclear power. What happened in Japan was a mere accident, I mean natural havoc. In future we would build them with such technology that they do not suffer set back like this. Or else...
@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 11
You are correct, anyway seems like we still have to rely on nuclear power in the future as alternative energy at the moment can only contribute to 20% of the needs... Hopefully, there are ways to contain nuclear from leaking & overheating without fail even when catastrophic events happen.
@krajibg (11942)
• Guwahati, India
17 Mar 11
Yes, since Japan is world famous for its innovations on electric and electronic fields they should be able to see a solution.
• Philippines
17 Mar 11
How about geothermal energy and hydropower? Dams can provide us with electricity and so are volcanoes. Let's use the power of nature. There are many active volcanoes in the world. And China has one of the largest dams in the world. The Ocean can also help provide electricity. Mother nature can help us if we only use her gifts for us.
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@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 11
Hopefully those can be utilized :p Also hopefully not much disaster with strike earth... It's sad to hear news about natural disaster here and there in the world....
@miketagz (1166)
• Philippines
17 Mar 11
Nuclear Plants has many advantages to save electric cost but the problem might be the structure design of its plant and finally the location which might be prone to earthquake or tsunami. Hope they could think and develop another invention aside from Nuclear Plant, so that will be safe for our environment.
@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 11
I think when they plan on building the reactor, they just tried to put it as far away from residential areas.... Anyway, residents will not be happy if someone is going to build a nuclear reactor near your house. Who knows, maybe someday another alternative which is less dangerous if exposed will be available. Lets just hope for the best!
@bird123 (10347)
• United States
17 Mar 11
Nuclear energy in today's power plant is a very primitive. In time, mankind will discover better ways with limitless power. After all the sun is nuclear energy that has been running untouched for billions of years. One thing that would really help today. They should have more and better backup and containment systems. Money and greed keeps this from happening. There is always a cost, isn't there??
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@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 11
I am not sure whether it is money or greed, but they did built the plant 40 years back... maybe then they haven't thought of such disaster happening. Anyway, what is done is done and hopefully they can manage to control the situation before it becomes a world issue.... Really pity those who suffer from the disaster and have to fear for nuclear radiation and the cold weather...
@n_ich3 (74)
• Philippines
17 Mar 11
For me I think we better stick on the oil source of energy while looking for other alternative. It's pointless if we'll gonna continue using this nuclear. We better go back to the primitive period than continue using this. Just imagine if almost the whole country using this nuclear power plant.
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@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 11
Any alternative energy also needs testing and there might be some risks when doing the test. Hopefully they can control the hazard in japan and also prevent the further spread of radioactive materials into the environment. I do hope that there will be other less dangerous alternative than to have nuclear reactor though.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
16 Mar 11
That's what I have been saying about stopping drilling for oil and using gasoline. 18wheelers and trains and such can't run on "Green Energy" or air or hybred this or that. THey need GAS!!!! IF the truckers can't deliver...we don't get anything! Also, electric cars....no one ever says how much ($) is costs to charge one up...is the electricity cheaper than the gas? And where does that electric come from... It is a circle that get larger with each generation. You can't stop it, just try for the new changes to work. I mean, electric cars....if you drive alot or live a ways from work...you have to watch recharging as you can't just pull into the next "fuel" station. And for vacations...I doubt the hotels are going to let you plug into their outlets and what if the distance between two cities (hopefully they each have a electric station) is farther than the "miles per watt" will get you? Japan did have the NRC to make theirs as safe as ours. My husband worked on Diablo Canyon Nuker back in the 80's just before it went on line...The checks and rechecks and inspections and safety this and that...It was constant and always ongoing. Nothing can stand the "big one"...but I'd say ours out here in California are safe as possibly can be. He also worked on San Onofre down near San Diego...same thing..they shut them down for repairs and maintenance and everything is individually almost..inspected and checked and rechecked.
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@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 11
I think regular inspection is also going on in japan, however, they never cater for such massive tsunami 40 years back when the reactor was build.... Now, the problem would be the after-mass. How would they control the radioactive material that has spread to the atmosphere... and what are they going to do with the reactors... Hopefully meltdown doesn't happen or else the matter goes even worse.
• United States
16 Mar 11
Nuclear power is only one of the the alternate, source of energy. Eversince Nuclear power is used for electricity, it was no considered as to only alternative, since that it is so expensive, and dangerous to dispose. There other safe alternative sources of energy, right now is in the stages of development. We all need to petition the government, to make patton of these alternative enery be loose from the interference of the big oil companies who do want these alternatives.
@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 11
Hopefully other alternative source of energy will be sufficient to cater for the increasing demand in energy.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
16 Mar 11
Well, there's always the solution to built nuclear power plants, but stay away from fault lines and other areas prone to be hit by tsunamis and earthquakes. Then the world nations would have to agree about for example using Japanese technology but placing the plant somewhere else, and then dividing the power between them. That could prove a problem, people aren't that good at cooperating really :-/ I think we should go for reducing how much electricity we use, but there's a way between continuing to use as much power as we do now and trying to get everyone up to Western standards and going primitive again. I believe in micro power plants. At least I think I do. Not nuclear, but wind, waves etc. I think that if it was more money it in, there'd be easier to come up with some clever solutions.
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@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 11
Unless people begins to reduce the usage of electricity tremendously, alternative sources of energy will not be enough to cater for the needs. Instead of reducing the usage, we can see a trend of increase usage in electricity. Now, almost every household are using washing machine, air-con... Maybe it is when a total blackout and the world runs out of energy only humans will realize that they shouldn't waste energy.
@msdivkar (1903)
• India
16 Mar 11
As it is the main source of energy for large scale power generation is hydro electric. The use of nuclear energy in power generation is less than one percent. The petroleum fuel is used in smaller generators mostly used as stand by units. The problem with the large scale hydroelectric power projects is the large dams required for the project submerges large areas under water. The people staying in such areas are to be settled some where else. There is wide spread opposition for such displacement. More and more nations were going for nuclear energy to avoid this problem. People are also developing non conventional energy like solar energy wind energy etc. all over the world. Hopefully we may be able to see some better source of energy in days to come.
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@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 11
Do hope that there are better ways to generate electricity... Anyway, there are consequences no matter which source of energy it may come from.
@QeeGood (1214)
• Sweden
16 Mar 11
I've been wondering for the past 30 years IF it ever will be safe to use nuclear power plants. After every problems they're causing and the risk of radiation. It would be better to expand sun cell energy, wind craft energy and wave craft energy. It is free from dangerous nuclear radiation.
@asxenon (1441)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 11
Hopefully they will expand the use of these sources of energy. Unless they can control and properly dispose off the waste of nuclear plant...