Could Japan’s Nuclear Troubles Kill Energy Jobs?

Japan’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake last week caused immeasurable destruction, including an explosion at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and failed cooling systems at its reactors. Japanese officials have been cooling the station with sea water, rendering it useless for future use. Since the tragedy, concerns over the safety nuclear power have grown.  These concerns could prove to be significant blow to the expansion of nuclear power in this country, which many – including President Obama — touted not only as a solution to our dependence on foreign energy but also as a path to new job creation.  Will risks of nuclear energy exposed by the tragedy in Japan derail expansion of the industry here?  What will the impact on job creation be if interest in this form of alternative energy fizzles?  What other forms of alternative energy show promise as a generator of jobs?


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