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Japan Races to Build New Coal-Burning Power Plants, Despite the Climate Risks

February 4, 2020

By Paul Homewood


While all British political parties rush lemming-like to wreck the economy, the Japanese are taking a more practical approach:


Just beyond the windows of Satsuki Kanno’s apartment overlooking Tokyo Bay, a behemoth from a bygone era will soon rise: a coal-burning power plant, part of a buildup of coal power that is unheard-of for an advanced economy.

It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan to all but close its nuclear power program. Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants — one of the dirtiest sources of electricity — at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.

“Why coal, why now?” said Ms. Kanno, a homemaker in Yokosuka, the site for two of the coal-burning units that will be built just several hundred feet from her home. “It’s the worst possible thing they could build.”

Together the 22 power plants would emit almost as much carbon dioxide annually as all the passenger cars sold each year in the United States. The construction stands in contrast with Japan’s effort to portray this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo as one of the greenest ever….

But Japan relies on coal for more than a third of its power generation needs. And while older coal plants will start retiring, eventually reducing overall coal dependency, the country still expects to meet more than a quarter of its electricity needs from coal in 2030.

  1. markl permalink
    February 4, 2020 4:47 pm

    Common sense wins. Japan, India, and many other countries are not willing to defeat their progress and destroy their standard of living for an unproven theory.

  2. Brembo permalink
    February 4, 2020 5:01 pm

    The title says it all there is NO risk. Its not about them building coal fired power stations and we are not. First we must win the arguement the CO2 has little or no effect on the Climate.

  3. LFC permalink
    February 4, 2020 6:05 pm

    My concern is that, with idiotic governments like ours racing to cut CO2 emissions, there is a very real possibility that when we hit the next decline in global temperatures the greenists will be able to say, “Told you so – CO2 reduction = temperature reduction.”

    So it heartens me that Japan has joined China, India et al in pumping out giga tonnes of CO2 for decades to come. All being well, temperatures will continue only to creep up, or even better start to fall, and the scales will fall from people’s eyes as they realise they have been duped by the climate alarmists.

    It may take 20 years to reach that point, by which time we in the UK will all be living like we did in the 1930s, but the argument will be won, so for future generations there will be a route away from the green blob.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      February 5, 2020 12:24 am

      Lately I have been rereading John Carswell’s book The South Sea Bubble – first published in 1960 but revised in the 1990’s. It contains the history of a financial cum political scandal, some would say the biggest until modern times, which makes interesting reading.
      The small, slowish solution to a perceived problem, followed by majority acceptance. Politicians on the take or merely gullible. Decisions taken secretly by an inner group. Publicity campaigning for the policy. Followed by public enthusiasm. Hordes joining what looked like a great thing despite a few warning that the aims were impossible to achieve. At the height of the boom almost hysterical support, aimed at benefitting from people even more gullible.
      The collapse was swift and the political coverup was only partially successful (the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for one, wound up in the Tower of London)**.
      ALL the Directors were fined, up to 98% of their nett wealth in the case of the most blatant, but the financial bankers avoided being found guilty. The whole scam left scars on the national psyche for a century.
      It seems to me that the Climate Change/Emergency scam has reached that hysterical stage, and that the collapse will be quick.

      **Lord Conigsby there for contempt of The Lords complained about having to endure such LOW Company.

    • HotScot permalink
      February 5, 2020 5:41 pm

      The first thing to stop is 25,000 Excess Winter Deaths every year in England/Wales from the cold! Roughly 0.5 of our population every year, in the 5th wealthiest nation in the world!

      India averages about 1,000 deaths a year from heatwaves. Roughly 0.00001% of their population every year, give or take a zero. And 70m Indians are below the internationally recognised poverty level of living off less than $1.95 per day, more than the entire population of the UK!

      Why is Theresa May’s pledge of £1tn to achieve carbon zero by 2050 not being directed at these people?

      This REALLY boils my p*ss!

  4. David permalink
    February 4, 2020 6:10 pm

    I don’t think coal stations need to be the worst polluters. The Americans have built coal generators with complex emissions controls that emit nothing but CO2.

  5. February 5, 2020 12:29 am

    Japan has learned the lesson. Say the right things but do the things that work for you. China shows us how it’s done and it’s not alone. Maybe Greta should spend a lot more time in Asia – I just doubt she would have a warm welcome there. But I am sure that’s no problem at all for here. I mean its the Earth that hangs in the balance. That’s what they say anyhow.

  6. jack broughton permalink
    February 5, 2020 9:03 pm

    Perhaps the COP 26 luvvies need to be told what is happening outside of their fantasy world to whom the UK’s paltry but incredibly costly reductions are “not going far enough” .
    What planet are they on: seemingly not the same one as us!

    • Russ Wood permalink
      February 6, 2020 1:31 pm

      Well, then let’s be ‘green’ for COP26! No fossil fuels allowed, for transport, cooking or heating. After all, it IS in Glasgow in the middle of a Scots winter, isn’t it?

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