Japan’s New Anti-Fossil Fuel Approach Will Compromise Its Energy Security

By Vijay Jayaraj -- June 7, 2021 1 Comment

“Japan is the fifth largest energy consumer in the world (2019) and has the third highest electricity demand in Asia. Fossil fuels accounted for 70 percent of its electricity generation in 2019.”

“Dependency on wind and solar will not only be insufficient to meet Japan’s energy demand, but also will disrupt grid stability and raise energy prices steeply as has occurred in California and Germany.”

For many of us in Asia, Japan has set an economic standard that others strive to achieve. Besides, Japan is one of the active funders of developmental projects across the emerging countries in Asia.

I myself have worked on a Japanese funded railway corridor project in India, which will likely support both electric and diesel trains. But all that could be about to change.

Japan has announced that it will be moving away from fossil fuels and reducing its dependency on coal and oil for energy.

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Middle-East Oil Burn Continues (media blackout on the same)

By Vijay Jayaraj -- May 18, 2021 No Comments

“Given the receptive nature of the Middle Eastern countries to future oil and gas projects, oil giants from Europe are also planning to increase their investment in the region’s unceasing oil juggernaut.”

“The notion that the world is moving away from fossil fuels is incorrect, at least as per the production and consumption numbers of oil, gas, and coal worldwide. The Middle East scenario gives a better picture of where the future of oil is headed.”

On Earth Day, President Joe Biden was busy trying to persuade the ‘oil-guzzling’ countries to reduce their fossil-fuel dependency. But the great global oil juggernaut rolls on. Countries in the Middle East, especially, are optimistic about a coming decade of increasing oil and gas exports. 

Media Silence

In contrast to the anti-fossil fuel-oriented policies of the West, the Middle East remains very committed to their primary revenue resource: oil and gas.

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Nigeria Places Its Bet on Oil, Gas, and Coal to Secure Its Energy Future

By Vijay Jayaraj -- April 26, 2021 No Comments

“Experts are unanimous that the increase in oil and gas production will play a critical role in the Nigerian economy’s recovery in 2021. Forecasts indicate that oil and gas production will continue to increase rapidly in the next two decades.”

“Nigeria’s current power generation is around 5,000 MW, while the ideal capacity would be around 30,000 MW. Nigeria plans to add six new coal plants by 2037. Together with 9 new additions of gas plants, this would provide an additional 11,163 MW of power.”

There have been reports that Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, is shifting away from oil and gas and is looking to invest in renewables. Recent energy decisions and investments show otherwise. The country is placing its bet on fossil fuels.

Fossil Fuels: Key to Nigeria’s Energy Future

Only 45 percent of Nigerians have access to the national power grid.

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The Fossil Fuel Dichotomy: Biden and the East’s Contrasting Energy Approach

By Vijay Jayaraj -- April 14, 2021 No Comments

“Could we be heading into an East-West dichotomy where different directions for the energy sector are pursued, making the East more energy secure and imperiling energy security in the West?”

“China emits more carbon dioxide every 16 days than Australia emits in an entire year. Together, India and China are responsible for 35% of all carbon dioxide emissions globally.”

While leaders in the West are obsessed with a fossil fuelless utopia, the developing economies of the world are going full-throttle with superior mineral enemies.

Could we be heading into an East-West dichotomy where different directions for the energy sector are pursued, making the East more energy secure and imperiling energy security in the West?

It seems the likely case.

Eastern Giants Go Big on Fossils

India and China alone account for nearly 3 billion people and represent the largest fossil fuel consuming block on the planet, with China the undisputed champion.

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Environmental Activism as Carbon Imperialism: Nightmare for the Poor

By Vijay Jayaraj -- February 1, 2021 1 Comment Continue Reading

Biden’s 2-Trillion Dollar Blunder Imperils Economic Recovery

By Vijay Jayaraj -- August 4, 2020 6 Comments Continue Reading

I Am a Climate Researcher, and I Love Fossil Fuels

By Vijay Jayaraj -- October 8, 2019 15 Comments Continue Reading

India Green Lights Fossil Fuels, Announces Electrification and Clean Cooking for All Rural Homes by 2022

By Vijay Jayaraj -- July 30, 2019 12 Comments Continue Reading

Renewable Energy vs. Africa’s Renaissance

By Vijay Jayaraj -- July 1, 2019 6 Comments Continue Reading

China’s Coal Bi-Polarity Expedites the Death of the Paris Agreement

By Vijay Jayaraj -- June 20, 2019 8 Comments Continue Reading