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iam4liberty:
NYT is going nuts with this story.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/climate/japan-coal-fukushima.html
Japan Races to Build New Coal-Burning Power Plants, Despite the Climate Risks

Just beyond the windows of Satsuki Kanno’s apartment overlooking Tokyo Bay, a behemoth from a bygone era will soon rise: a coal-burning power plant, part of a buildup of coal power that is unheard-of for an advanced economy.

It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan to all but close its nuclear power program. Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants — one of the dirtiest sources of electricity — at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.
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Together the 22 power plants would emit almost as much carbon dioxide annually as all the passenger cars sold each year in the United States. The construction stands in contrast with Japan’s effort to portray this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo as one of the greenest ever.

Docwatmo:
The question to ask is "Why".   There has to be a reason they are going with coal.  Is it backup?  Is it capabilities?  Is it a hedge against disaster or global economic collapse?     There has to be something that makes it viable and feasible.  Or is it just simply cost?   

iam4liberty:

--- Quote from: Docwatmo on February 04, 2020, 08:20:09 AM ---The question to ask is "Why".   There has to be a reason they are going with coal.  Is it backup?  Is it capabilities?  Is it a hedge against disaster or global economic collapse?     There has to be something that makes it viable and feasible.  Or is it just simply cost?

--- End quote ---

Because the new high-efficiency coal-fired thermal plants are awesome. These arent the old style, legacy plants which people in US are familiar.  These are state of the art clean coal facilities. They will lower Japan's polution and cut costs dramatically vs other non-nuclear options. 

Greekman:
what iam4liberty said....

in the same time Europe (read that renewable resources "influenced" EU politicians) has demonized the coal industry.
kudos to the japs, I say!

David in MN:
It is rather unfortunate that we Americans go unsung in our reduction in pollution over the past 6-ish decades. I remember George W Bush (I'm not a fan) struggling to try to get across "clean coal" because our technology has so vastly improved. People just don't understand how coal can be a part of a modern energy solution. We tend to wax about the smog of London in the 1800s. Modern reality is very different.

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