22 Aug '11, 9pm

Japan Poll: Switch to Renewables, But Take It Slow

Japan Poll: Switch to Renewables, But Take It Slow

The poll comes as the nation finds itself at an energy crossroads. The March earthquake and the tense weeks and months that have followed have done much to solidify the nation’s wariness towards nuclear power. As Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan prepares his exit, the nation is also debating a legislative change that would mandate utilities to purchase renewable energy. It remains unclear how supportive Japanese would be if those mandates drive up the cost of electricity considering the same newspaper poll also found a majority of Japanese oppose a consumption tax to pay for the rebuilding effort. According to the poll, 74 percent were in favor of a gradual phase out of nuclear power plants, 11 percent called for an immediate end and 13 percent thought there was no need to alter policy. Prior to the March earthquake, nuclear power accounted for 30 percent of the nation's ...

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