Just weeks after Japan shamed President Trump for his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, it has been forced to admit that they will struggle to meet the emissions quotas set by the treaty.
Japanese leaders hammered early June Trump’s decision, calling it “regrettable” and “extremely disappointing.”
“It’s extremely disappointing.” said Japan’s Environment Minister Kouichi in response to Trump’s decision. “But the withdrawal has only just been announced. If possible, I’d like to persuade the U.S. (to reconsider).”
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga added that, “America’s announcement that it is pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement is regrettable,”
Yet, despite criticizing the U.S., Yamamoto has admitted that Japan plans to use more coal power in the future, which will make it unlikely that the country will be able to meet the accord’s emissions limits.
The Daily Caller reports:
In fact, companies have plans to build at least 41 new coal-fired power plants in the next decade, according to The Japan Times. Japan has increasingly relied on coal power in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown.
“If all those plants are built, it will become a major obstacle for Japan’s 2030 target to cut emissions,” Yamamoto told Reuters.
Japan currently has 17 coal-fired power plants that provide 31 percent of the country’s electricity. Completing all 41 projects would boost the total up to 58 — 3.5 times the current number.