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Japan cannot make CO2 disappear just by exporting it. Plans for overseas storage must involve taking permanent responsibility.

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Putra Adhiguna, managing director of the Energy Shift Institute, an energy finance think tank focused on Asia's green transition. He says Japan's plan to export carbon dioxide for storage abroad is seen by some as ethically dubious, implying that the exporting nation is shifting responsibility for its emissions to others rather than finding ways to reduce the harmful releases.

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Japan cannot make CO2 disappear just by exporting it.

That's always Japanese way of doing things, make it nice in homeland while exporting problem elsewhere. That method works for Japan's plastic waste, Japan just export those waste to Malaysia, Vietnam and China.

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This is a false assumption that CO2 is the villain people like Adhiguna make it out to be. I wonder how much this person receives in taxpayer-funded subsidies to exaggerate the issue.

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This is a false assumption that CO2 is the villain people like Adhiguna make it out to be. I wonder how much this person receives in taxpayer-funded subsidies to exaggerate the issue.

This is a false statement based on a misunderstanding of the statement and also a situation where Adhiguna is merely stating a fact. "Japan firms' plans for CO2 export, storage in Southeast Asia on rise", found e.g. on Kyodo News.

Regardless of whether Carbon Dioxide is bad or not, the fact is that the government here is pushing for "Carbon Neutral" and trying to achieve it by any means necessary. Including actually exporting Carbon Dioxide or just buying/selling caps (I would mention the Kyoto Protocol here and how easily that can be bent).

The premise is that if anything is made or produced, if we sweep it under the carpet by taking it to another country, we don't get rid of the cause.

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This is a false assumption that CO2 is the villain people like Adhiguna make it out to be. I wonder how much this person receives in taxpayer-funded subsidies to exaggerate the issue.

Either you have not read the article or you have not quite understood the information and statement presented.

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Ouch! Truth hurts!

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Japan and the rest of the "pretending-to-do-good" western countries. The difference is that Japan doesn't care to be a "do-gooder" in climate change, only care about how it's perceived by "pretending-to-do-good" western countries.

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Why would they need to export CO2? Wouldn't it defeat the whole purpose of reducing emissions if they ship it off somewhere? I can't imagine that this plan will ever be implemented.

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