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The Fukushima disaster led Japan to shut down nuclear power plants, but three years of rising costs and carbon dioxide emissions are forcing it to reverse course.
Energy-hungry Japan extracts natural gas from deep-sea methane hydrates, but it’s not clear whether the “flammable ice” makes economic and environmental sense.
Some of the nuclear power plants shut down after the Fukushima disaster could restart soon.
After shutting down its last reactor, Japan is now even more heavily dependent on imported oil, gas, and coal.
Japan is desperately trying to replace its nuclear-power capacity with renewables. It still has a long way to go.
Reactors must be able to handle the worst if we hope to prevent a repeat of last year’s meltdowns.
Aftershocks from Fukushima shake political confidence in nuclear—and provide a boost for renewables.