One of the major criticisms used against anti-nuclear side on all levels is that "what is the alternative?"
30% of power is generated through nuclear in Japan. What do we do about that?
Many pro-nuclear people seemed to believe being anti-nuclear meant they had no right to lose electricity.
How pro-nuclear people automatically gets the exclusive right over the remaining 70% of power generated by other means remains a mystery, but many anti-nuclear people were apparently silenced by that argument.
Some major derivatives of that arguments include: - We'll have major power cuts in middle of the summer and there will be deaths by heatstroke. - It will damage the industries and hurt the economy even more and Japan will become poorer.
People have been arguing for some time that in fact in Japan there was enough power generating capacity to cope with current demands. But it never got talked about most of the mainstream media. Most papers and news programs (sponsored by TEPCO) repeated stories about concerns over possible shortage of power.
A few people broke out with the story that even during the scheduled power cuts during March, there in fact were enough power to meet the demands. The scheduled power cuts, in which they cut power supply off all hospitals too (they have emergency generators but with limited capacity so certain emergency surgeries couldn't be performed - and sick patients had to cope without heating, lifts, etc.), they say, were only part of propaganda to scare people off how inconvenient life will be if we were to turn away from nuclear power.
Today, PM confirmed in his speech that we had enough power. So did the new president of TEPCO, who appeared on TV tonight.
Apparently none of the news programs on terrestrial TV channels didn't give any attention to the PM's reference to the new nuclear-independent energy policy that he announced today. Top news on NHK apparently was the ladies football team.