I am still trying to figure out how those for whom climate change is the most important issue of the day plan to accomplish their goals without impelling China to change its behavior. Consider this from a piece by Chuck DeVore at Forbes:

In the U.S., the state of California and climate activists celebrated the closure of the Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona, one of America’s largest coal-fired power plants, and the Kayenta mine that fed it with 8 million tons of coal per year. Almost 1,000 well-paying jobs were lost in the heart of the Navajo and Hopi Indian reservations.

The U.S. mined 750 million short tons of coal in 2018 and is on track to produce about the same in 2019 — but that’s down from more than 1 billion tons per year a decade ago.

Meanwhile, in the People’s Republic of China, coal production increased 2.6% in the first half of the year, with coal mining capacity hitting 3.53 billion tonnes in 2018, equivalent to 3,891 million short tons, or a little more than five times the coal mined in America. The centrally planned Chinese economy expects to add 290 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants in the coming years, peaking at 1,230 to 1,350 gigawatts of power.

Today, China’s coal-fired electrical generating capacity stands at about 1,000 gigawatts and climbing, more than four times America’s 236 gigawatts (which is declining). In fact, China is planning to add more coal power (290 gigawatts) than the U.S. currently produces (236 gigawatts).

Pay attention to what the Chinese do, not what they say. There is no amount by which we can reduce our carbon emissions to compensate for the ferocious rate at which China is increasing its own. And the article doesn’t even mention the coal-fired power plants that Chinese companies are building outside China.

5 comments… add one
  • Grey Shambler Link

    So , the CCP either doesn’t buy into man-made climate change, or does and it’s way down the priority list. I guess I believe global domination is their goal. Globe be damned.

  • TarsTarkas Link

    The CCP buys into climate change control – for others. If they can convince other nations to crush their economies with SJW mandates, it means they will be able to buy their economies for a song. And then execute the stupid fellow travelers and impose Big Brother surveillance to ensure no problems. The Soviets and then Putin have funded many eco-green groups; why wouldn’ the Chinese? Oh, I forgot about Bloomberg.

  • bob sykes Link

    India burns about 1 billion tons of coal per year, mostly for electrical power generation, and it expects to increase coal consumption by about a fifth over the next few years. World wide, coal accounts for about 40% of electrical power generation, and coal consumption is increasing, especially in the developing world.

    If Green lunacy prevails, the world’s industry and agriculture will collapse, and there will a mass die-off of humanity. That is actually the goal of many environmentalists, and it has been for decades. These are the people who think we should kill our pets, because the pets are slaves.

  • Greyshambler Link

    With AI enabled robotics to serve the Elites, a controlled worldwide population reduction program could be used to gently restore it to pre industrial
    carrying capacity just in time to avoid planetary climate devastation.🌍
    Back to Eden.

  • steve Link

    “For every dollar that the US spends on renewable energy, China is spending three, making it by far the leading investor in renewable energy around the world, according to an analysis by the United Nations. In 2017, the world invested $279.8 billion on renewable sources of energy, and China accounted for $126.6 billion.”

    The problem India and China face is that they want to have economic growth to catch up with the first world. It’s easier to do that with coal. What we need is better alternatives to offer them. In some areas of India and and China solar is already the cheapest option. We should be investing in research so that they have better options than coal everywhere.


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