Target: Yuhei Sato, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture,Japan
Goal: Thank nation for planning world’s largest wind farm
In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, the nation of Japan is beginning the changeover to a cleaner source of energy—wind power. Japanese officials and scientists foresee that by 2020 the country will be home to the world’s largest offshore wind farm, and that the farm will account for a considerable portion of the Fukushima Prefecture’s power. Furthermore, Fukushima hopes to be powered completely sustainably by 2040.
The need for more sustainable energy in Japan became abundantly and tragically apparent in March of 2011, when a catastrophic earthquake and a disastrous tsunami rocked Japan. This series of natural disasters led in turn to a series of disasters within the power plant. Within hours critical pieces of equipment began to fail, including the all-important water-cooling systems that keep the radioactive materials at a safe and workable temperature. Once they failed it was only a matter of time before the Fukushima Daiichi reactors began to melt down and dangerous nuclear waste escaped from the plant and into the environment.
Luckily, no one died in the Fukushima Daiichi disaster (37 workers were injured, and two suffered radiation burns), but it was still the world’s most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl and was given the rating of a “Major Accident” (the worst rating possible) on the International Nuclear Event Scale. Japan has subsequently powered down all of its 54 nuclear reactors.
In spite of its efficiency, nuclear power has inherent safety risks as well as issues regarding the disposal of nuclear waste. After taking this into consideration the nation is undertaking the monumental task of powering Fukushima Prefecture by renewable energy. This will begin with a complex series of land based turbines, underwater cables, and offshore platforms of windmills. If successful, the wind power will keep energy costs down for residents, as well as being safe (engineers have taken earthquakes and tsunamis into account), and of course, 100% renewable and sustainable.
The plan is certainly audacious but it has unlimited potential. The 143 wind turbines that are planned will be the most powerful in the world and will show the world just what sustainable energy can do on a large scale. The plan for Fukushima to be powered totally sustainably by 2040 is equally admirable and will greatly reduce Japan’s carbon footprint. Take a moment to sign the petition and thank Fukushima Prefecture for its newfound dedication to sustainable energy.
Dear Governor Sato,
In March of 2011, your prefecture and your nation suffered a terrible tragedy. Rocked by an earthquake and smashed by a tsunami, Japan was plunged into a catastrophic state. This state only worsened when it came to light that the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant was gravely damaged. Crucial systems began to fail and various reactors started melting down. Thankfully, no one died as a result, but it was still an unmitigated disaster and highlighted the need to look into new means of energy production.
It seems that you have taken these lessons to heart, as Fukushima Prefecture is currently in the process of building the world’s largest and most powerful wind farm. The move to safe and sustainable energy will do the critical task of protecting both your people and the environment. It marks a bright new day for large-scale sustainable energy and will lower your nation’s carbon footprint, helping to ensure a healthy planet for future generations. Just as importantly it will help ensure that there will never be another disaster like the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown again.
This is a bold plan, but one that has been meticulously engineered and planned. I am confident that you will succeed in it and wish you only the best. Thank you for your commitment to sustainable energy.
[Your Name Here]
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