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In a notice posted on its official website (www.gov.cn), the Chinese government said it would also raise the share of non-fossil fuel energy to 13 percent by 2017.
Its previous target stood at 15 percent by 2020. It said it would also raise installed nuclear capacity to 50 gigawatts (GW) by 2017. Its previous target stood at 58 GW by 2020.
That's exactly the design I was thinking about when I said that above. I'd seen an article in Popular Mech or Science, I believe it was...many years ago. It was about Pebble Bed tech being tested at the facility in Idaho. It sounded just about as safe as anyone could ask for, given it's a working power source. I would love to see China pioneer it, since they seem real skilled at scale of production.
That would be a world changing thing if they put the effort into really making it viable. No one else will after Fuku, IMO. China will have to do the heavy work and get the tech perfected, tho.
I think that China is using their acquiered new wealth in a very responsible and thoughtful way. Many (rich) countries in the world should pay attention to the initiatives China is making for preserving nature and the wellfare of its citizens.
So.. I try and take that into some consideration when seeing how they do things. The move to anarchy for all and down with any and all Government, which some others are pushing these days is cute in a 'high school ideology' way...but catastrophic for death of innocent people in the real world. I think China is trying to keep a lid and peace to a nation so large and, honestly, so diverse, it takes a great deal of effort for them to manage that much.