A former senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy says the multiple problems at Japan’s nuclear power plants may well give it cause to think about its commitment to nuclear power. Robert Alvarez, who is now a scholar at the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies, acknowledges Japan is not blessed with an abundance of other fuels to generate electricity. But he thinks the country may have to move itself away from the nuclear table.
Alvarez also says the Japanese incidents should prompt the U.S. to revisit the wisdom of locating American nuclear plants away from areas of high seismic risk. And, for reactors seeking permission for extended operation, Alvarez calls for those plant licenses to be suspended.