Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Japan: Another Nuclear Free Vision

Good to see that there are people working hard within the echelons of Japan's government that can produce reports like this:

An Environment Ministry draft report states that Japan can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent without relying on nuclear power. This news is most welcome after the dangers of nuclear power were starkly exposed by the Fukushima nuclear fiasco.

The report suggests that even with all reactors offline, cuts could reach 33 percent, depending on efforts to conserve energy and to adopt renewable energy sources. Even more conservative estimates from a similar trade and industry ministry report found that reductions of 16 percent are possible with all reactors offline.

Both reports suggest that Japan will be able to keep its pledge of reducing gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, highlighting a long-standing truth that reductions in the most harmful heat-trapping gas emissions can be achieved without nuclear power despite claims to the contrary by advocates of nuclear energy. The government should translate this truth into a policy of nonnuclear energy production.

Also, good to see that there are people in media who pay attention to these reports... I'd like to know more about how this came to the attention of said media. We truly live in interesting times.

1 comment:

Pandabonium said...

to which I would only add, "along with a steep "power down" to allow Japan to reduce its dependence of fossil fuels as well".

The future will offer the world less cheap energy every year. Let's anticipate that and make the change go smoothly.