Pruitt was Headed to Ultra-Efficient Japanese Coal Plant ($)
U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last weekend was slated to visit a Japanese plant that claims to be the world's most efficient coal-fired power producer. Japan is making a historic shift back to coal use after abandoning nuclear power in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Jackson Ewing, facutly fellow with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions told ClimateWire that "Pre-Fukushima, Japan was planning to scale up nuclear to the range of 60 percent of its total energy generation by the end of the century. With the disaster, they've not only had to scuttle the expansionary plans, but they've had to considerably dial back the existing nuclear power that they have on the grid."