Whether Japan will cope without nuclear power?

So, Japan stopped the last of 54 nuclear reactors. Whether they will run again, and when, is not known. Surely you can say for the time being only one thing for some time, the country is almost entirely dependent on imported fossil fuels.

Japan is the world's third largest nuclear power, after the United States and France. Before the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, this sector drew up almost 30% of the country's electricity. Hydroelectricity and other renewable sources accounted for less than 10%. The rest gave fossil fuels, most of which are purchased abroad.

Japan's strong dependence on imports has brought the country to the brink of disaster in 1973, when the Middle East oil embargo imposed suppliers. In order to protect themselves against future shocks, the Japanese accelerated its nuclear program, which began in 1950. However, even in 2010, half of the country's primary energy is extracted from the oil, about 85% of which was imported from the Middle East.

After the accident at the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" in March 2011, the share of nuclear power in Japan has declined steadily, to replace it is a foreign atom fuel. Energy Economics Institute of Japan believes that in fiscal 2011, the country has spent on the import of fossil fuels by $ 50 billion more than usual. And this, incidentally, means that Japan produced about 2% more carbon dioxide than in 2010, although less developed energy.

If, before the end of the year, predicts the Institute or one reactor and will not run, the country will spend around $ 60 billion more than in 2011, for the purchase of oil, natural gas and coal abroad. In this case, carbon dioxide emissions will increase by 5.5%.

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