Back in 2009, Japan told everybody that they’d reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent and would emit less than it did in 1990. And they would have done that by 2020. Now, the current prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, says that they’ll back down, having to use more coal to power up their plants.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said that in the first four months of 2012 the country used 40 percent more fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) than it did during the same period of 2011, thus contributing more to the global warming we all “love.”
Why is that happening? Because the people of Japan no longer want to hear about nuclear power and they all had to shut down by popular demand. I don’t know whether this is some sort of a populist political approach of some interested parties or it’s just what the majority of people think.
However, the same happened in Germany, where Angela Merkel decided the country should not use any nuclear power in the following decade anymore. They too rely more on coal, although they’re much better equipped with solar panels than 90% of the world.
Solar and wind power are the ultimate solutions, indeed, but the damage done by further mining for coal by countries that had eliminated this power source and who pretend that they want to become greener is irrecoverable.
[via new scientist]