NPR Reports on the Costs of Not Restarting Japanese Reactors


NPR’s Christopher Joyce interviews University of Tokyo economist Mitsutsune Yamaguchi and Jesse Jenkins, an energy analyst at the Breakthrough Institute, in a new piece titled “Nuclear Woes Push Japan Into A New Energy Future.” The story discusses “how the shuttering of Japan’s nuclear power plants has driven an increased reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels.” Joyce reports on the costs of not restarting Japanese reactors and how this will effect Japan. One analysis by the International Energy Agency says replacing the electricity from idled nuclear plants is costing Japan an extra $100 million a day.

Listen to the full story at NPR or read the full transcript.