Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

The Jehoshua Novels


Coal in China: Burning Down The House

Bryan Walsh outlines “how limited President Obama’s ability to deal with climate change really is”:

Coal

…China is now burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world — combined. And despite impressive support from Beijing for renewable energy and a dawning understanding about the dangers of air pollution, coal use in China is poised to continue rising, if slower than it has in recent years. That’s deadly for the Chinese people — see the truly horrific air pollution in Beijing this past month — and it’s dangerous for the rest of the world. Coal already accounts for 20% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, making it one of the biggest causes of man-made climate change. Combine that with the direct damage that air pollution from coal combustion does to human health, and there’s a reason why some have called coal the enemy of the human race.

Of course, there’s a reason why coal is so popular in China and in much of the rest of the world: it’s very, very cheap. And that’s why, despite the danger coal poses to health and the environment, neither China nor many other rapidly growing developing nations are likely to turn away from it.

(h/t)

1 comment to Coal in China: Burning Down The House

  • Coal is still mostly king here in the US too. It’s slipping. to be sure. But natural gas is moving up fast as a source of energy.

    Renewables are still mostly a blip. Caifornia is at about 12%

Leave a Reply