Japan defies Obama: Plans on building 43 coal-powered plants


As Japan promises the United Nations it will cut carbon dioxide emissions, the country simultaneously plans on building 43 coal-fired power projects to make up for shuttered nuclear power.

Japan told the reporters it would cut carbon dioxide emissions 20% below 2013 levels by 2030, reports AFP. It joined a U.S.-led effort to build support for a global warming treaty to be approved this December in Paris. It’s an issue President Barack Obama has staked his legacy on, and is using whatever diplomatic tactics he can to get other countries to join him.

So far, only 35 parties (when the EU is included) have submitted plans to the U.N., detailing how much CO2 they plan to cut in the coming decades. Japan has not officially submitted its plan to the U.N., but environmentalists are already fretting the country has no intention of meeting its goals.
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