In Japan, need of fossil fuels pushes climate-change targets to back seat

Oct 20, 2012 Full story: The Washington Post

With Japan's oil and gas plants firing at full capacity, officials here say there is little chance of meeting a pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the next decade, a startling retreat for a country that once spearheaded an international agreement on climate change.

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Pasadena, TX

#1 Oct 21, 2012
The Fukushima event was horrible. However, Kyoto had problems before that.

A case in point: James E. Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and eminent climate scientist has been against the Kyoto Protocol since he boycotted the 2009 Climate Change Conference that advocated it.

He said; "The developed nations want to continue basically business as usual so they are expected to purchase indulgences to give some small amount of money to developing countries. "They do that in the form of offsets and adaptation funds.”

"So, for example, in the Kyoto Protocol, that was very ineffective. Even the countries that took on supposedly the strongest requirements, like Japan for example—if you look at its actual emissions, its actual fossil fuel use, you see that their CO2 emissions actually increased even though they were supposed to decrease."

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