I don’t trust promises that are not likely to be made in the lifetime of the person saying them, whether it be an individual, a company, or a nation.
So, I think former Prime Minister Yoshihide Kan’s declaration of “zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050” in his October 29, 2020 policy speech (sorry, probably not alive) is a baseless statement with little feasibility.
At COP26 (26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) held in Glasgow, UK from October 31 to November 12, 2021, new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced “up to $10 billion (1.1 trillion yen) in additional support to developing countries over the next five years to help Asia and other regions decarbonize.
I am disappointed to hear that news. Environmental activist Greta Toonberg bashed, “Politicians are just pretending to take it seriously, We say no more blah blah blah.
Japan may want to change its international profile by pretending to be a developed country and throwing money around, but it is a very backward country when it comes to decarbonization (non-carbon). However, Japan is a very backward country when it comes to decarbonization (non-carbon emission). And for the second year in a row, they won the “Fossil Prize”.
Japan also had the world’s largest penetration of solar panels until 2005. Sharp’s panels and Kyocera’s technology and production capabilities were the best in the world, and the Toyota Prius, launched in 1997, was such a hit that Hollywood celebrities bought new cars. The electricity-saving LED, which is now used around the world, was also invented by Japanese.
In the past, Japan also appeared to be an environmentally oriented nation. Behind the scenes, however, was a national strategy of supplying electricity from nuclear power plants instead of thermal power generation. However, the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant quickly turned public opinion against nuclear power. The subsequent energy policy waffling is detailed in Naoki Inose’s new book, “The Carbon Neutral Revolution,” which you can read here.
Currently, renewables account for only 18% of Japan’s total energy use, compared to %。ドイツ43% 37% in Spain %、イタリア35% 35% in the United Kingdom, all of which are much higher than Japan.
Furthermore, Japan has a feasible 2030 target of %に過ぎない。それに対して、ヨーロッパの国家戦略には、しっかりとしたビジョンがあり、ドイツが43% 26. In %に過ぎない。それに対して、ヨーロッパの国家戦略には、しっかりとしたビジョンがあり、ドイツが43% looking to raise its target from %に過ぎない。それに対して、ヨーロッパの国家戦略には、しっかりとしたビジョンがあり、ドイツが43% to 65 %へ、スペイン37% from %へ、スペイン37% to 74 %へ、イタリア35% from %へ、イタリア35% to 55%.” (Quoted from Naoki Inose’s book, “The Carbon Neutral Revolution.”)
Even China, which in early 2013 had been blamed around the world for PM2.5, was criticized by President Xi Jinping at the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2020, when he said, “China has pledged to peak out its carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in 2030.
If there is money (funded by taxes) to be distributed overseas, aren’t there more domestic measures that should be prioritized?
If EVs become popular in Japan today, they will contribute to shortening the life of the earth, since most of the electricity they generate is produced by thermal power generation.
The government should take the lead in subsidizing manufacturers of solar panels, which have lost their top position to China, and further liberalizing transmission lines to new renewable energy-based power companies (TEPCO and others have not been allowed to freely use the transmission line network). If you want, you can even buy renewable energy from Europe.
I would also like to achieve an early conversion to natural energy for the resort development and agriculture that Speedy is promoting in Okinawa.
Japan won another “Fossil Prize” at COP26. Prime Minister Kishida said in his speech, “We were able to show our presence. What was the reason for the award?
COP26 Leaders: No More “Blah, Blah, Blah” from Ms. Greta
Book “Carbon Neutral Revolution” (Author: Naoki Inose)
Tuvalu is the nation suffering the most from climate change in the world. Prime Minister Nathano said, “Developed countries have yet to fulfill the $100 billion ($11 trillion) per year pledged in the Paris Agreement (held in 2015), and we are still waiting.”
In the meantime, the island where Tuvalu is located is disappearing due to rising sea levels. Time is running out for the sinking of Tuvalu.
As environmental activist Greta Toonberg says, “Politicians are all blather and talk, but no action!” This is the current situation. Prime Minister Kishida’s contribution of 1.1 trillion yen is also dubious.
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