As Japan Shuts Down Nuclear Power, Emissions Rise

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) -- The Fukushima crisis is eroding years of Japanese efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, as power plants running on oil and natural gas fill the electricity gap left by now-shuttered nuclear reactors.
Japan had planned to meet its carbon emissions reduction targets on the assumption that it would rely on nuclear power. But the nuclear meltdowns triggered by last year's devastating tsunami have led the government to pull back.
Japan will be free of atomic power for the first time since 1966 on Saturday, when the last of its 50 usable reactors is switched off for regular inspections. The central government would like to restart them at some point, but it's running into strong opposition from local citizens and governments.

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