19 Apr '11, 10pm

Japan, oil and the fragility of globalization | Energy Bulletin

[Tyee editor's note: Andrew Nikiforuk's term as Tyee Writer in Residence is finished, but his incisive writing stays home right here, as today begins his new weekly column. Read more about "Energy and Equity" in the sidebar that accompanies this story.] "No society can have a population that is hooked on progressively larger numbers of energy slaves and whose members are also autonomously active." -- Ivan Illich Sometimes it takes an earthquake followed by tsunami accompanied by a nuclear meltdown to catch people's attention. Explosion at Fukishima nuclear plant in March. Addiction to oil paved way for reliance on nuclear energy. Improbable events not only make the world go around but expose what is rotten. And I suspect the Great Sendai Earthquake will go down in the annals of human history as just one of a series of unfortunate events that helped to illuminate the world'...

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