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After the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant turned public opinion sharply against...

After the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant turned public opinion sharply against nuclear power, owners of the plant are hoping to take advantage of an easing of the environmental approval process to build a coal plant. It's been nearly three years since the island nation approved a coal-fired power plant, and Tokyo officials are hoping to draft guidelines by the end of the year for implementation in 2013 that would speed up the approval process for coal, as well as wind and geothermal projects.
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  • mike8599
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    Japan is getting smart.... took them about 15 years.
    24 Sep 2012, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • lostalloncoal
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    Please don't let Obama know. He will hire few tree-hugger and pass an executive order to block it. Obama is fan of nuclear energy and fraudulent solar. Yesterday, Microsolar got another ~200M for running fraud.
    24 Sep 2012, 11:53 PM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Where do they expect to get the coal?


    Japan's problem is buying energy commodities. Wind can be domestically sourced, easily, but nothing else can. And that means more $$$$.


    The only alternative is to stick it out with nuclear, which of course they'd still have to outsource most likely, and probably from Australia, but it wouldn't be nearly as expensive as importing coal, NG, or diesel...
    25 Sep 2012, 02:13 PM Reply Like
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