Study Shows China Approved Two New Coal Plants Per Week in 2022

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The US has been pressured to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% of its 2005 level by 2030, mostly by slashing so-called fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), and increasing unreliable wind and solar. Meanwhile, China approved new coal plants at a rate of two per week for a total of 106 gigawatts (GW) for the year in 2022, a 50% increase from 2021. China continues to be the glaring exception to the ongoing global decline in coal plant development. China gets little push back from environmentalists and leftists despite the claim that coal is the fossil fuel most responsible for the climate crisis. A drought, blamed on man-made climate crisis, reduced hydropower in 2022, that increased the need for coal.

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Despite warnings from scientists that the world must rapidly cut coal use in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, China approved more new coal plants in 2022 than at any point in the last seven years.

That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Global Energy Monitor (GEM) released Monday, which found that China had approved new plants at a rate of two per week for a total of 106 gigawatts (GW) for the year.

“The speed at which projects progressed through permitting to construction in 2022 was extraordinary, with many projects sprouting up, gaining permits, obtaining financing and breaking ground apparently in a matter of months,” GEM research analyst Flora Champenois said, as The Washington Post reported. “China continues to be the glaring exception to the ongoing global decline in coal plant development.”

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Yet coal is China’s major stumbling block on the road to its energy transition. While the country is installing renewable energy at impressive speeds — it broke a record for new solar capacity added last year — it struggles to quit coal. It broke a record for coal outputs in 2022 as well. And the groundwork laid in new projects is not promising.

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William Durham
William Durham
11 months ago

Isn’t it funny how China’s banking system is a non usury system. IE the equivalent to the FED in china is the Government of China. So China has a more sound banking system than that of the FED. Isn’t it funny how The Carbon tax instituted by Rothschild Inc goes to the UN. Isn’t it funny how The Rothschild had Abraham Lincoln assassinated via proxy when he started printing his own Greenback rather like China now. Isn’t it funny how China is the flagship state of the UN. It’s about time that better banking and more reality is brought forward… Read more »