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2500 New Coal Plants Planned

December 2, 2015

By Paul Homewood  




From the Times:


More than 2,400 coal-fired power stations are under construction or being planned around the world, a study has revealed two weeks after Britain pledged to stop burning coal.

The new plants will emit 6.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year and undermine the efforts at the Paris climate conference to limit global warming to 2C. China is building 368 plants and planning a further 803, according to the study by four climate change research bodies, including Ecofys and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. India is building 297 and planning 149.







The study has the list by country in the Annex:




The authors spend a lot of time dreaming up pathways to rapidly close all this and existing capacity soon after 2030. But, as I have pointed out before, none of these countries are going to shut down perfectly efficient modern power plants after just a few years use.

  1. December 2, 2015 5:15 pm

    Don’t tell the Gruniad or Big Brother it might spoil their fantasy world.

  2. markl permalink
    December 2, 2015 5:40 pm

    Reality wins in the end. Modern man cannot continue flourishing without energy and the pending CO2 apocalypse is being revealed as nothing more than political posturing on a failed, but convenient (for them), theory. A lot of effort and money has been put into the charade so it won’t die quickly.

  3. A C Osborn permalink
    December 2, 2015 6:16 pm

    Sensible countries make good sounding noises about reducing “carbon” while doing precisely what their country needs in terms of energy production.
    Of course burning coal is actually reducing the world’s actual “carbon” as the press likes to misname CO2.

  4. NeilC permalink
    December 2, 2015 6:46 pm

    But just think how bad all that H2O being emitted from cooling towers is going to be. We will have to ban it.

  5. RogerJC permalink
    December 2, 2015 7:29 pm

    This appears to miss out the Americas. I am under the impression that there are plenty of fossil fired units planned for South America, eg Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, etc.

  6. J Martin permalink
    December 2, 2015 9:55 pm

    Wasting a valuable chemical resource like coal by burning it only produces 1,% of the energy in it. If we extracted the uranium and thorium in coal we could get the missing 99%.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      December 3, 2015 3:16 am

      May as well get all that bulky carbon out first. 🙂

      Its the coal ash that we waste., in cement, roads, pharmaceuticals, skin creams etc etc

      • RogerJC permalink
        December 3, 2015 8:11 am

        Will we have a Plasterboard shortage as the FGD plants at Drax and other Plants are phased out?

  7. Tom O permalink
    December 3, 2015 9:44 pm

    If this keeps up, plants will stop speaking “European root languages” and satisfying Europeans, and start speaking “Chinese and Indian languages” and satisfy only Chinese and Indians. Those of us in the US will have to learn these foreign languages in order to talk to our plants since they won’t be wanting to speak English anymore, what with us trying to starve them to death.

    Okay, so we all get the benefit of THEIR carbon dioxide and let them have all the manufacturing and prosperity. We can sit back in out in our cold, dark shacks and say “we may eat poorer, have less, can’t do anything at night, have to bundle up to stay warm, but WE have the moral high ground because we kill our children’s future so they can have eternal poverty. So what if those nasty Chinese live high of the hog, enjoy all the luxuries that technology and power permit, we know that we suffer and die young ‘for the good of Gaia.’ We are doing it for our children so that they, too, like our ancient ancestors, can die before they’re 50.”

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