China gets the message. Keep the coal fires burning…

if for power you’re yearning. With apologies to Vera Lynn. If you really want the home fires.

A recent report from the activist group CoalSwarm included satellite imagery that shows many coal-fired power projects that were halted by the Chinese government have quietly been restarted. In total, 46.7 gigawatts (GW) of new and restarted coal-fired power construction are either generating power or will soon be operational. If all the plants reach completion, they alone would increase China’s coal-fired power capacity by 4%.

Abroad, it is the same story. By the end of 2016, as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, China is involved in 240 coal-fired power projects in 25 BRI countries with a total installed capacity of 251 GW,27 making it the most important global player in the development of coal-fired power projects.

Over the past year, demand for energy is up substantially, as high as 15% in the case of natural gas. Given the overwhelming need to boost economic growth, climate change issues are largely absent from official action: Chinese authorities are focused on securing these energy supplies.

Many of China’s initiatives, including much of its ‘Belt and Road’ (BRI) development initiative are focused on serving the country’s need for energy, through the building of pipelines, power facilities and ports in more than 70 countries. In particular it focuses on:
• securing natural gas and oil supplies:
– imports through pipelines from Myanmar and Turkmenistan
– planned imports via the nearly completed Russian ‘Power of Siberia’10 project
and a proposed ‘Power of Siberia 2’ pipeline
– from the Middle East, via pipelines through Gwadar, Pakistan to Kashgar, China
• securing LNG supplies from as far away as Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Qatar, the United States and Canada, as well as from Russia’s Yamal project13 along a Polar Silk Road.
• securing oil supplies from Oman, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Angola, Iraq, UAE, Kuwait, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Congo, South Sudan, Brazil, Venezuela, and Canada.

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11 Responses to China gets the message. Keep the coal fires burning…

  1. Muddy

    A recent report from the third-world-phobic and pro-poverty group CoalSwarm

    Fixtit.

  2. egg_

    Keep the coal fires burning… if for power you’re yearning

    How can we sleep without our coal beds burning?

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    China gets the message.

    Um, I’ll just quote Paul Homewood from last night…

    The only thing I would take issue with his her description of there being a U-Turn. In my view, China never had the slightest intention of being serious about cutting emissions.

    The climate con artistes gave China everything they wanted in the Paris Agreement: do whatever they want until 2030 then decide to do whatever they want. The climatistas did that because China would have walked away from the deal, and if China walked away so would everyone else.

    China’s Climate U-Turn (12 Dec)

  4. Megan

    So what is going to happen when DumbDan’s bans on coal meet the Chinese BRI he’s just signed us up for? There will be some serious angst if it involves building something with *whispers* coal in the name.

  5. duncanm

    In total, 46.7 gigawatts (GW) of new and restarted coal-fired power construction are either generating power or will soon be operational

    In 2008/9, Australia had a total of about 30GW of installed capacity.

    Those fluoro bulbs and spinning fans in SA will no doubt make a difference.

  6. RobK

    By and large China’s new power new power stations will also be cleaner and more efficient than our coal burners. Wake up Australia.

  7. Megan:

    So what is going to happen when DumbDan’s bans on coal meet the Chinese BRI he’s just signed us up for? There will be some serious angst if it involves building something with *whispers* coal in the name.

    It won’t be called “Coal”. The new name will be “Fossil Solar.”
    Trust me on this…

  8. RobK

    The new name will be “Fossil Solar.”
    Or,….Solid Organic Stored Solar. SOS Solar.

  9. JohnA

    RobK #2885809, posted on December 14, 2018, at 1:36 pm

    The new name will be “Fossil Solar.”
    Or,….Solid Organic Stored Solar. SOS Solar.

    Nope – we want that as part of our pushback strategy, psychological warfare plot.

    That will confuse the church of climate change no end! 🙂

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