Japan building 45 coal power plants as “renewables” fail

“While the use of coal to generate electricity has gotten some bad press in the U.S., it seems other countries are not so lukewarm to it. One of these is Japan, where recently the government announced that it would go full speed ahead with the construction of 45 new coal fired power plants. As reported in the Daily Caller, after the fukushima nuclear accident, Japan tried to move forward with solar and wind energy, but found it to be expensive and unreliable. Thus, Japan has turned to coal: a source they believe to be much more dependable, and one with which they hope to get over 30% of their electricity by 2040.”

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David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.

  • Immortal600

    The Japanese know that AGW is a scam. CO2 has very little, if any, impact on climate change. Time and climate itself are proving that. Only AGW zealots believe Karl’s revised data sets. That had to make the pause disappear somehow, didn’t they?

    • Ian5

      “AGW is a scam. CO2 has very little, if any, impact on climate change…”

      Completely untrue. Inform yourself, the evidence is unequivocal: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

      • Immortal600

        It is true. inform YOURSELF.

        Why waste your time responding to me? Haven’t you figured out yet that YOU aren’t changing anyone’s opinion on AGW? You have no clue about climate dynamics and linking NASA proves it. You are nothing more than a lemming unable to think independently.

        • Ian5

          Not trying to change your opinion, only pointing out that your silly rubbish is incorrect and misinformed.

          • Immortal600

            Your silly rubbish is worse than incorrect and misinformed. You would advocate policies that would destroy the economies of western nations. For what?! You don’t have a clue when it comes to climate dynamics. As I said, you are a lemming unable to think for yourself.

        • Brin Jenkins

          No, investigate for yourself dont just be told.

          • Immortal600

            ???

      • Brin Jenkins

        The evidence is not on your side, why would anyone believe you when you yourself are unable to show the mechanism. Stop the lies and untruths.

        • Ian5

          “The evidence is not on your side”.

          Untrue misleading statement. The evidence is unequivocal…recognized by NASA, NOAA, British Atmospheric Data Centre, Environment Canada, IPCC, National Academy of Sciences, American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union and virtually every US and international scientific academy. Why should we believe your unsubstantiated rubbish?

  • Good for the Japanese people most of all. Mar 1, 2017 Green energy is eating its own tail – Roger Helmer MEP

    Debate: Information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments in the field of energy.

    https://youtu.be/ZFK6cSkrxqU

  • Kicker

    AGW is a Scam. CO2 is not a pollutant and not a significant proportion of so-called greenhouse gases. Water vapor, responsible for 95% of Earth’s greenhouse effect, is 99.999% natural (some argue, 100%). Even if we wanted to we can do nothing to change this. Anthropogenic (man-made) CO2 contributions are insignificant and make up only about 0.117% of Earth’s greenhouse effect. The contribution by the United States to % Man-made CO2 is approximately 12.5% of the 0.117% total—equal to .014% of the greenhouse effect. You could eliminate all CO2 produce by the United States and not even be able to detect a significant change in the percentage of CO2 in the greenhouse effect. Adding up all anthropogenic greenhouse sources, the total human contribution to the greenhouse effect is around 0.28%. Statistically, it will be impossible to tell whether any attempt to reduce CO2 emissions actually does so.

  • dorian

    Now this is going to be very interesting.

    Japan going to build 45 coal fired power plants. While some 8,000 kms directly south, South Australia has been blowing up their coal fired power plants, and in the process not just doubling down, but 10x down on wind and solar with now to build the biggest battery backup system ever devised or attempted by Man.

    Someone here, either the Japanese or Australians, are going to look very stupid. We all know, that the coal plants are going to work, and work cheaply! If this Australian Battery doesn’t work out, you know all those politically incorrect jokes they used say about the Irish….that’s all going to change, “Did you hear about the one about the Australian solar charging his battery in the middle of the night?…”, etc.

    Australia and Australians will be the laughing stock of the world. Every two bit idiot and con-man will be heading to Australia to sell every stupid, moronic idea that there is. Thank fully, Australia is remote and isolated, and once South Australia bankrupts the entire country by needing to be bailed out from its period of moronic lunacy, Australia will be forgotten, and for ever more remembered as the Island of Fools.

    Japan has learned a very costly lesson. Yep, reality sucks doesn’t it! No matter how smart and advanced you are, Nature will always teach you the Truth. Don’t worry Japan, Australia has lots of cheap coal! They aren’t using it anymore.

    I have a question to every genius in Australia backing this battery nonsense. How do you ensure that every single battery in that mountain of batteries that you are going to use as a backup, is going to stay safe? Lithium is highly explosive, and if just one of those batteries blow, the chain reaction will make Hiroshima look like a candle. I wouldn’t live 100 kilometers near that battery, for after the explosion these Lithium batteries will release halogens like Florine from their electrolytic salts used for electric charge transport. If you are anywhere near when this huge battery blows, there will be a massive fluoride cloud created from the massive temperatures created from the explosion. And fluorine gas kills…outright!

    To South Australia, when you order that battery from Elon Musk, make an order too for 10,000s of body bags, buy some for your neighbors in Victoria too, I understand the winds blow that way.

    BTW, to all those in Victoria, enjoy watching your neighbors in South Australia playing Russian Roulette with your lives; after all, you have a State line to protect your interests, no?

    Geniuses…don’t you love them! I’m sure Japan has learned a lot from them, Fukushima and all.