Dear Leaders of the G7,
Don't let Japan slow the global fight to address climate change. As the president of G7, Japan is promoting a falsely named "Green Transformation." Don't be fooled, as this "transformation" is nothing but a rebranding of policies to continue their love affair with fossil fuels. Coal, gas, wood, biomass and ammonia are anything but green energy. We urge you to demand that Japan stop destroying forests in Canada, the southeastern United States, and Vietnam to burn to create electricity in Japan's dirty power plants.
At this year's G7 Summit in Hiroshima we urge you to fulfill the G7 pledge to end international public finance for fossil fuels and announce ambitious new plans to shift to renewable energy and decarbonize the power sector by 2035.
Stand firm against Prime Minister Kishida's dirty energy policy. Take action: have G7 leaders tell Japan to end this bad romance.
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Instead of being a climate leader, the government of Japan is pouring billions of dollars into expanding the use of fossil fuels threatening our planet and our communities. It is driving the expansion of natural gas comsumption across Asia and promoting false solutions like mixing wood pellets and coal to fuel its power plants. Burning wood pellets for electricity is a carbon nightmare. Cutting down trees in North America and SE Asia, converting them into pellets, shipping them to Japan, and then burning the pellets releases more carbon into the atmosphere than even coal.
The G7 nations previously commited to end public finance for fossil fuels. However; as the current President of the G7, Prime Minister Kishida will attemmpt to undermine this policy and promote Japan's dirty energy vision at the G7 Summit this May in Hiroshima. He will try to get the G7 nations to endorse its "Green Transformation" or "GX" plan, which is anything but green; it is a rebranding of technologies to extend the life of fossil fuel infrastructure. These false climate solutions include subsidizing power plants to convert from coal to wood biomass and exporting this technology to Indonesia and other SE Asian countries, burning ammonia and hydrogen derived from fossil fuels, and promoting unprover carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) instead of retiring dirty power plants. These technologies would prolong the use of fossil fuels at a time when we must urgently shift to renewable energy.