I was very interested in the March 26 article reprinted from Sentaku magazine titled “Tapping into oceanic energy.” Since the 3/11 accidents at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, several alternative-energy substitutions have been proposed:
(1) Solar energy. This is good where there is regular sunshine.
(2) Wind energy. Good for windy places, but it will be noisy.
(3) Geothermal energy. Some people associated with hot springs are against this method because of their concern that it may interrupt the operation of their spas.
(4) Oceanic energy. Among the methods proposed so far, I, as a complete amateur, believe this is best way to go. Of course, there will be problems. Breaking old habits and creating new ones surely present a challenge that we must overcome.
As someone born and bred in a seaport city of Miyagi Prefecture, I do hope that oceanic energy for electricity will be developed as soon as possible, despite the tremendous costs involved. There must be no more nuclear plants, as they will destroy Japan economically and wreck its international reputation.
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