Coal Fired Plants in China, Obama, and Climate Change

climate change

Socialists aren’t Serious about saving the O-zone, they just want to tax Corps.

by Beverley Russell – Op-ed senior journalist Trumpville Report

China builds coal powerhouses at a rate of one per week! As some Americans are worried about our part in climate change! It really seems pretty simple to me that America is wasting time and energy trying to do the right thing for Global Warming when the rest of the world doesn’t seem to care ! We are now shipping our coal which is one of our most used fossil fuels to China ! This along has devastated coal-producing states such as Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia just to name a few! The war on coal has left coal country states in disarray especially the vast majority of men, women , and families that have for decades relied on the coal industry! My question is pretty simple. Why is our American government limiting our use of one of our top industries “coal” but yet we can sell it to China for them to use? Common sense tells us that if China is burning coal it is going into the O-zone just the same as it would if America burns coal! This is the stupidest thing we could do! Selling off our own natural resources and putting thousands out of work when burning coal in China is doing the same to climate change as burning it in America!

China not interested in climate change

China is the largest producer and consumer of coal in the world and is the largest user of coal-derived electricity, generating an estimated 73% of domestic electricity production in 2014 from coal. In early 2016 the building of new coal capacity continued at a significant pace. Coal consumption in China grew more than 9% in 2011, continuing its upward trend for the 12th consecutive year, according to newly released international data. China’s coal use grew by 325 million tons in 2011, accounting for 87% of the 374 million ton global increase in coal use. Of the 2.9 billion tons of global coal demand growth since 2000, China accounted for 2.3 billion tons (82%). China now accounts for 47% of global coal consumption—almost as much as the entire rest of the world combined. Robust coal demand growth in China is the result of a more than 200% increase in Chinese electric generation since 2000, fueled primarily by coal. China’s coal demand growth averaged 9% per year from 2000 to 2010, more than double the global growth rate of 4% and significantly higher than any other country ! Today, fossil fuels account for 87 percent of all energy used in China. And the focus on renewables also hides the fact that China’s reliance on coal is predicted to keep growing. Coal, the most carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels, accounts for 70 percent of the energy used in China today and is responsible for about three-quarters of electricity generation. Clearly, the Chinese aren’t interested in climate change.

In just 5 years, from 2004 through 2009, China added the equivalent of the entire U.S. fleet of coal-fired power plants or 510 new 600-megawatt coal plants. From 2010 through 2013, it added half the coal generation of the entire U.S. again.

At the peak, from 2005 through 2011, China added roughly two 600-megawatt coal plants a week, for 7 straight years.

And according to U.S. government projections, China will add yet another U.S. worth of coal plants over the next 10 years, or the equivalent of a new 600-megawatt plant every 10 days for 10 years. China burns more than 4 billion tons of coal each year in power plants, homes, and factories. By comparison, the U.S. burns less than 1 billion, and the entire European Union burns 600 million. China surpassed the U.S. to become the largest global CO2 emitter in 2007, and it is on track to double annual U.S. emissions by 2017. While projections for the U.S. and Europe are for steady or decreasing coal use in the coming decades, barring major policy shifts, China’s coal use is expected to keep increasing. Economists predict that by 2040, China’s coal power fleet will be 50 percent larger than it is today. Once these coal-fired power plants are built, they typically run for 40 years, or longer, which means a commitment to decades of CO2 emissions. The climate impact of those emissions will be nearly impossible to reverse. If China’s coal use continues to increase as predicted, by 2040 China will have consumed more than a third of that global budget. China’s emissions have the planet on a path to surpass the global budget by 2040. Coal plants are the most polluting of all power stations and the World Resources Institute (WRI) identified 1,200 coal plants in planning across 59 countries, with about three-quarters in China and India. The capacity of the new plants adds up to 1,400GW to global greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of adding another China – the world’s biggest emitter. India is planning 455 new plants compared to 363 in China, which is seeing a slowdown in its coal investments after a vast building program in the past decade. “This is definitely not in line with a safe climate scenario – it would put us on a really dangerous trajectory,” said the WRI’s Ailun Yang. The WRI report also found that, after a slight dip during the economic troubles of 2008, the global coal trade has rebounded and has risen by 13% in 2010. A structural shift has moved the bulk of the international coal trade from the Atlantic, serving Europe and the US, to the Pacific. China became a net importer of coal in 2009 but the biggest changes are fast-rising imports by Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, which all have large numbers of coal-fired plants but produce virtually no coal of their own .

China and Japan have plans to build massive amounts of coal-fired power plants, while the United States is not only not building new coal-fired power plants, but it is also shuttering many of its existing coal-fired power plants because of Obama Administration policies. China is building one coal-fired power plant every 7 to 10 days, while Japan plans to build 43 coal-fired power projects to replace its shuttered nuclear units. The United States, on the other hand, cannot build new non-CCS coal-fired power plants and is shuttering existing coal-fired power plants. These existing coal-fired power plants retiring in the United States are the cheapest source of electricity generation in this country. To replace these plants with new generating capacity will cost the nation and thus taxpayers and consumers billions of dollars. China added 39 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity in 2014 — 3 gigawatts more than it added in 2013. That is equivalent to three 1,000 megawatt units every four weeks . At the peak, from 2005 through 2011, China added about two 600-megawatt coal plants a week, for 7 straight years. And, China is expected to add the equivalent of a new 600-megawatt plant every 10 days for the next 10 years.

So why is America depleting our own precious fossil fuels and selling it to China who uses 4 to 1 more coal than we are using ? We are allowing the Obama ministration to strip us of our coal and our jobs to sell to a country that couldn’t care less about climate change, but what are we are supposed to do!


by Beverley Russell – Op-ed senior journalist Trumpville Report

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