01 Jun '12, 4pm

Japan Forced to Reconsider Climate Targets Without Nuclear Power

01 Jun 2012: Japan Forced to Reconsider Climate Targets Without Nuclear Power Japanese officials say they may have to scrap long-term targets for carbon emissions reductions as a consequence of moving away from nuclear power in the aftermath of last year’s Fukushima disaster. A Crossroads for Japan: Revive Nuclear or Go Green? In the wake of Fukushima, Japan has idled all 50 of its nuclear reactors. While the central government and business leaders say a prolonged shutdown could spell economic doom, many Japanese and local officials see the opportunity for a green energy revolution. READ THE e360 REPORT According to the Japan Times , government officials this week conceded that goals to cut carbon emissions 25 percent by 2020 compared with 1990 levels were “to a fair degree” predicated on the use of nuclear power. “I have no doubt that an overall review will be necessary,”...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/post_fukushima_japan_reconsid...

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