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China feeds coal addiction with 17 new mines this year

October 24, 2019

By Paul Homewood


From The Times:


China is expanding its coal power infrastructure despite pledges to curb carbon emissions.

Analysis reveals that the amount allocated to large infrastructure projects by Beijing has doubled this year, with airports and high-speed rail lines among 21 schemes allocated a total of £83.9 billion.

Included in the new allocations is funding for 17 new coal mines across China, despite Beijing’s pledges to reduce reliance on the power source.

Seven mines were approved last year and, between 2017 and 2018, China added 194 million tonnes of coal mining capacity with the total number of mines reaching more than 3,000.

China, the world’s biggest coal consumer, has vowed to cap carbon emissions by 2030, although it has stopped short of the “net zero” emissions target by 2050 pledged by the European Union.

The move to increase coal production comes as China is expected to announce its five-year energy strategy. The country is in the sixth year of its “war on pollution” to reverse damage done by decades of industrial growth that has left many cities blanketed in smog.

In a speech to China’s National Energy Commission, Li Keqiang, the premier, suggested Beijing was once again turning towards coal, despite government scientists conceding it was the “most dirty energy”.

“Given our country’s bounty of coal resources . . . [we should] promote the safe, green extraction of coal and development of clean and efficient coal,” Mr Li said, according to reports.

Christopher Balding, an economist at the University of Vietnam who studies the Chinese economy, said the new investment in coal infrastructure showed that Beijing was putting short-term growth ahead of environmental commitments.

“Power generation already far outpaces consumption needs,” he said, pointing to the fact that only 45 per cent of China’s coal capacity was utilised.

Full story here.

The naivety of supposed experts, such as Christopher Balding, never ceases to amaze me. China needs lots of these modern, clean coal power stations, so that they can shut down the dirty ones which cause so much pollution.

To confuse this desire to eliminate smog with a willingness to cripple the economy by stopping the use of coal is unfortunately a common mistake amongst many western “experts”.

  1. October 24, 2019 10:07 am

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  2. Graeme No.3 permalink
    October 24, 2019 10:35 am

    “To confuse this desire to eliminate smog with a willingness to cripple the economy by stopping the use of coal is unfortunately a common mistake amongst many western “experts”.”

    Quite so. As is the desire to boost the (Chinese) economy rather than a willingness to cripple it is unfortunately a common mistake amongst many western “experts”.”

  3. October 24, 2019 10:46 am

    The number of new coal mines or new power stations is not really the point – that only shows where some of the coal will come from and go to. Total usage is what counts.

  4. sean2829 permalink
    October 24, 2019 11:09 am

    But those aren’t just China’s emissions, they are the UK’s as well since more than 5 tons of carbon emissions per capita arrive in imported products from abroad, primarily China.
    All that effort and expense, loss of domestic manufacturing in the UK, it’s no wonder China has to build more power plants.

  5. October 24, 2019 12:36 pm

    So keeping warm, having lights, etc. is dubbed an addiction? Perhaps we should examine our oxygen, H20, and food addictions also?

  6. Carbon500 permalink
    October 24, 2019 1:28 pm

    I’m off-topic here, but I think this will be of interest.
    The Rutland Mercury newspaper published a report a week ago about a charity walk that had taken place to raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire air ambulance.
    Describing the walk, one of the participants is reported to have said “We experienced the highest temperatures that they had had for over 40 years and it just shows that climate change is affecting everywhere. We were expecting temperatures in the 30s but around 11.30am it was like someone had turned the thermostat on. It just took your breath away.”
    Does anyone have a link to reliable temperature data for the Sahara regions, or would like to comment on this?
    The walkers started out from Marrakesh – and one of the two was hospitalised after two days because of the heat, despite a support team of some kind, including guides
    I suspect from their remarks that they hadn’t done their homework very well before venturing into a desert.
    Your comments, please!

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      October 24, 2019 1:46 pm

      From Surviving Morocco in the Summer. Desert temps. average 38 degrees C, easily hit 50 and sand temps. can exceed 75 …..

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 24, 2019 2:05 pm

      ‘We experienced the highest temperatures that they had had for over 40 years’

      Which of course means that it has been as hot if not hotter before. I wonder how good the temperature records are for that area?

    • October 24, 2019 2:11 pm

      I was in Marrakesh in Nov 2008.

      I thought it was hot, but the locals wore jumpers!

      • dave permalink
        October 24, 2019 3:51 pm

        It is distinctly cooler than normal at present in Morocco:

        What does seem true is that the jet-stream is further South, and wavier than usual, which causes variability without affecting the global situation. All this was predicted on the basis of solar developments – by a few people – quite some time ago.

        As regards the general gushing of the climate fanatics, they are in the full-on rapture stage of their religion. Everything is a sign or portent to them. You have to tiptoe away. Unfortunately they are ruling the roost in certain Western circles.

    • Carbon500 permalink
      October 25, 2019 8:17 am

      Thanks for all the comments regarding the Sahara – much appreciated!

  7. Gerry, England permalink
    October 24, 2019 2:10 pm

    The GWPF has a piece on how the slowing of China’s economy has seen the green subsidies as one of the first casualties of the clash with reality.

    • October 24, 2019 6:25 pm

      It’s a 2017 article, but coal plant projects are cancelled every year – that’s how the system works – many get onto the planning board, fewer get planning pemission and fewer still get built.

      There are all sorts of factors why, such as local issues, environmental, water supply and simply too much capacity.

      But what is sure is that India are continuing to build more and more coal power stations

      • HotScot permalink
        October 25, 2019 11:11 am

        Not that it’s important in this context, but many of them financed by the Chinese.

  8. Mickey permalink
    October 24, 2019 3:26 pm

    This seems to contradict a story from 2 years ago in National Geographic. 🙂

    • October 24, 2019 6:18 pm

      They lied!

    • HotScot permalink
      October 25, 2019 11:13 am

      China has slashed subsidies for renewable energy projects. Many are now struggling to survive and not predicted to do so for much longer.

      National Georgaphic is just another climate alarmist mouthpiece.

  9. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 24, 2019 6:31 pm

    The crux will be the steady increase in CO2 measured at Myrna Loa (eh?) which will demonstrate the failure of ‘Paris’ and as the weather doesn’t worsen the disconnect between CO2 and climate. A decade or two?

  10. I_am_not_a_robot permalink
    October 24, 2019 9:18 pm

    ‘Experts’ conflating CO2 and smog is not a mistake, it is a tactic.

  11. October 25, 2019 9:46 am

    Even the clueless Roger Harrabin is starting to realise that the idea of China as a “climate leader” may be flawed:

  12. October 28, 2019 10:52 pm

    I must sound like a broken record as I have said this so many times. This is the poster child of all the greenies and alarmists. Don’t believe it? Chinas emissions (and I am mainly talking about real emissions) go drastically up year after year. And in contrast, America’s emissions across the board go lower every year but its America that gets the bad press and China is being lauded as the savior of the world. Sick …

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