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One year anniversary of Japan earthquake: Queen's University professor

2012-03-12

Queen’s University policy studies professor Warren Mabee is available to comment on the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Japan that occurred March 11. The earthquake and resulting tsunami caused the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plan to melt down, the second-worst nuclear accident ever.

“While the Fukushima disaster does not necessarily mean the end of nuclear power, the disruption it has caused to the Japanese economy provides a better measure of the true cost of nuclear power,” says Dr. Mabee. “This event has provided impetus to a number of countries who are determined to expand the role of renewable energy in their power mix.  Perhaps the greatest challenge in future power supply is rethinking the role of base loads and intermittent sources.”

Dr. Mabee is Director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, and has two decades of experience with renewable power and fuels, working on both technical and policy issues related to their deployment

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