Bloomberg reports that China

will cut its 2020 target for nuclear power capacity and build more solar farms following Japan’s atomic crisis, said an official at the National Development and Reform Commission.

The country will reduce its nuclear capacity goal of 80 gigawatts, Ren Dongming, director of the renewable energy development center under the economic planner’s energy research institute, said at a Beijing conference today, without giving a new target. The goal for solar-power capacity will increase from the current target of 20 gigawatts, he said.

They’d best mind their nuclear p’s and q’s. If there’s a nuclear power plant accident in China, serious regime change could result. Time to rethink that old “growth is progress” paradigm?