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Japan Ends Nuclear Power, Emissions Jump

From an irony proof Associated Press:

As Japan shuts down nuclear power, emissions rise

May 4, 2012

TOKYO (AP) — The Fukushima crisis is eroding years of Japanese efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, as power plants running on oil and natural gas fill the electricity gap left by now-shuttered nuclear reactors.

Actually, the AP’s lead sentence should read: "The news media’s crazed fearmongering over the Fukushima crisis has backfired, as Japan is going to start pouring out more greenhouse gas emissions after being browbeaten into closing down their clean and efficient nuclear reactors."

Before last year’s devastating tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, Japan had planned to meet its carbon emissions reduction targets on the assumption that it would rely on nuclear power, long considered a steady, low-emissions source of energy

It is also much cheaper to use nuclear reactors than to use oil. Especially since Japan has none.

Japan will be free of atomic power for the first time since 1966 on Saturday, when the last of its 50 usable reactors is switched off for regular inspections.

Hallelujah! Finally, Japan "will be free of atomic power" in the same way the North Koreans are ‘free from food.’ They will be free of that terrible source of cheap energy.

The central government would like to restart them at some point, but it is running into strong opposition from local citizens and governments.

How selfish of them. They are the people the government is trying to protect. Clearly, they don’t want to be saved.

With the loss of nuclear energy, the Ministry of Environment projects that Japan will produce about 15 percent more greenhouse gas emissions this fiscal year than it did in 1990, the baseline year for measuring progress in reducing emissions. In fiscal 2010, Japan’s actual emissions were close to 1990 levels.

It also raises doubts about whether it will be able to meet a pledge made in Copenhagen in 2009 to slash emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.

For years, nuclear power was a pillar in Japan’s energy and climate policies. Until the Fukushima disaster last year, it accounted for about a third of Japan’s power generation, and Tokyo had planned to expand that to half by 2030

Japan is losing one third of their energy, and the AP is fretting over whether they will be able to meet some pledge they made in Copenhagen?

Renewable energy accounts for about 9 percent of Japan’s power generation — similar to the U.S. Most of that energy is hydroelectric power from dams; and some experts say solar and wind power are too intermittent to be a reliable source of base-load energy

The hell you say!

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 4th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Japan Ends Nuclear Power, Emissions Jump”

  1. Chrispbass says:

    “Renewable energy accounts for about 9 percent of Japan’s power generation — similar to the U.S. Most of that energy is hydroelectric power from dams; and some experts say solar and wind power are too intermittent to be a reliable source of base-load energy…”

    Who are these experts! They should all be rounded up and spoken too! We need a camp of some sort to facilitate this reeducation process!

  2. Anonymoose says:

    There’s some things that can’t be planned on; a tsunami hitting the country that heavily and causing the widespread water and power outages all at once is something the “environmentalists” scream about as proof they were right, but is also likely to not happen again in our lifetimes.

    They could build new reactors further inland, with water supplies adequate enough to shut down if they end up cut off again; but that wouldn’t stop a massive earthquake, sabotage, or something similar causing more problems. It’s a balance, how much is something likely to happen versus the consequences if it does.

    So I guess for the “environmentalists” I guess it’s a win-win. Nuclear power can’t be guaranteed safe and oil/coal is just too nasty and poisons the planet, so they do their funky dance and protest for it all to be clean and non-polluting. The only way to make everything non-polluting and non-dangerous to the environment is to shut it all down.

    Which I’m sure would please them, and since they don’t bathe they wouldn’t notice until they try to text someone on their cellphone about their latest “victory” and wonder why they can’t get a signal.

  3. bobdog says:

    Well, fortunately, as luck would have it, miracle of God, Al Gore just happens to have some extra carbon credits to sell them to ease their international shame.

  4. wirenut says:

    Pathetic. Will the OWS\Greenpeace\Commies crowd, dictate our future powergrid? I sure as Hell hope not. These morons have killed more people than, Druncle Ted’s “K” car. I think we’ve all learned our lessons here. Fault lines and coasts are not the best place, to put anything. No engineer has desighed a tower, to have fuel laden 747 flown
    into it either. Life is Dangerous! We only learn from our mistakes. The rest of us move on, and make things, better.

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