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NOTSOGRN

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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 11:50:48 AM

Japan is burning so much coal as it tries to lower the cost of replacing nuclear energy that it may see a surprise dip in imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2013, the first in four years.

Many analysts are still forecasting a rise given that Japan’s last two nuclear power plants went offline in September, finishing a complete shutdown of the industry started by the March 2011 Fukushima disaster.

But under pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to improve industry competitiveness, Japan has thrown out greenhouse emissions limits and its utilities are burning record amounts of thermal coal.

Japan’s 10 main utilities, making up half of the nation’s coal use, consumed nearly 16 per cent more coal in the first 10 months compared with a year ago and imported nearly...
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 6:38:45 AM

Time for better solutions.
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NedW
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 5:17:18 AM

Thank you for submitting this article, NOTSOGRN.
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oldmack
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 3:46:16 AM

ok
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drobbbb
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 10:34:40 PM

mistake to go away from lng
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 9:03:13 AM

"But under pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration to improve industry competitiveness, Japan has thrown out greenhouse emissions limits and its utilities are burning record amounts of thermal coal."

Then a bit of paranoia about a one-time freak nuclear plant accident and economics start trumping their former ideals. Good for coal producers now, but not a way to run an energy sector.
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EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 8:50:47 AM

This is good for the Australian and Indonesian coal producers!

[Edited by: EnviroChemist at 11/30/2013 8:50:34 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 7:53:11 AM

Not good.
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 7:36:47 AM

Let's sell them our coal!!!
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leeac
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 6:44:15 AM

Coal is dirty and expensive.
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tnfran
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 11:47:15 PM

They need to use something to make the electricity lost from the nuclear being shut down.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 8:24:51 PM

There needs to be a stop put to this !!!!!!!
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Jeff1944
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 2:31:41 PM

Gee; I'll bet the greenies will now boycott and picket Japan!
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 1:17:09 PM

I hope they are doing something about the pollution.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 1:07:21 PM

If we don't use the coal, someone else will.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 1:01:00 PM

Making your situation work is the way to go.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:59:08 PM

good for them, smart people finally taking charge again
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melekali
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:58:47 PM

This is a smart move, but I think they really ought to run the numbers of the benefits of LNG as well. Nuclear is not a good option until we have a way to nullify the disastrous effects on everything from problems like they experienced in 2011. The reactors released so much radiation as to affect the entire globe.
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:47:14 PM

No brains over there!
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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:37:59 PM

From the article: "With high energy imports contributing to Japan’s persistent trade gap, including 1.09 trillion yen ($10.72-billion) last month, the cost benefits of coal over LNG are compelling."

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It's difficult to fault a country which was a victim of a tsunami that destroyed much of their nuclear capabilities for switching over to a much less expensive fuel like coal; especially when the merits of "global warming" are so deficient.
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loboso
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:26:37 PM

That is because they are a smaller country even they should be on the list
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:21:14 PM

Was it not a Japanese agreement to limit greenhouse gasses.
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packards42
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:16:45 PM

Obama EPA, is closing down US coal and power, and Japan sucking it up.

There something terribly wrong with this pictures.
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drz614
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:10:37 PM

where are the protests from the u.s. greenies/Al gore?
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Message Posted: Nov 29, 2013 11:52:00 AM

Good for the USA
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