Energy and Environment
Nuclear power provides about 20% of America's energy needs, and much more in countries from Europe to Asia. Proponents cite its advantages over fossil fuels, and yet critics note dangers including uncertain long-term environmental impacts of nuclear waste. The recent disaster in Japan also highlights the potential threat of nuclear plant meltdown. Brookings experts examine the potential and challenge of nuclear energy.
REUTERS/Mari Saito - An employee of Kyushu Electric Power Co walks in front of reactor buildings at the company's Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecture April 3, 2014.
The Road Ahead for Japanese Energy
June 12, 2014
On June 12, the Energy Security Initiative (ESI) at Brookings hosted an event looking at the future of Japanese energy policy. Toshikazu Okuya, director for the Energy Supply and Demand Policy Office at METI presented the Fourth Strategic Energy Plan of Japan.
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The Brookings Institution
Charles K. Ebinger
Director, Energy Security Initiative
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies
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