Paris climate accord flops as China increases carbon emissions more than rest of the world reduces them

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While America has been busily shuttering coal fired utilities, China has stomped down on the accelerator in increasing coal fired electricity generation. 

By Rick Manning

President Joe Biden’s blind re-entry into the fatally flawed Paris Climate Accord in January was little more than a promise to unilaterally decapitate energy production and use in the United States while China continues to accelerate their carbon output.

But if you had any doubts, while the Biden administration via climate envoy John Kerry continues promoting the unenforceable Paris Climate Accords in Asia, China increased coal-fired electricity production faster than the rest of the world reduced it in 2020 — highlighting continued concerns about non-reciprocity in the agreement.

Specially, China increased its coal fired electricity production capacity by 38.4 GW with new plants, in 2020, while 37.8 GW of coal plants were retired everywhere else, according to a study by Global Energy Monitor, Sierra Club, CREA, Climate Risk Horizons, GreenID and Ekosfer.

That’s right, while America has been busily shuttering coal fired utilities based upon regulatory and fiscal pressures to convert them to less resilient and more vulnerable natural gas, China has stomped down on the accelerator in increasing coal fired electricity generation.

What’s even worse is that the agreement that Biden blindly stumbled back into makes zero provisions that China, whose growth continues outpacing the U.S., would begin immediately lowering their carbon footprint. Instead, because all of Paris’ targets are voluntary, it allows the communist regime to accelerate their dependence on coal while welcoming the world’s manufacturers to move to their high pollution, low regulation shores.

The truth is that coal fired plants in the U.S. are significantly less polluting than those being built in China, and if environmental groups were truly serious about their claim of man-made climate change, they would boycott companies that offshore their production to China as this increases their so-called carbon footprint on a world-wide basis.

But so-called environmentalists’ silence on this issue shows once again, that they are less concerned about pollution across the globe and more concerned with outsourcing production and crippling free market economies to the advantage of communist China.

The fact that Biden jumped back into the Paris agreement without any demand to force the world’s largest polluter to take significant, economy stifling actions while pledging the U.S. to even more detrimental goals than established in 2015, shows they are not really serious about the issue.

Instead, the Biden administration views it as a means for creating federal government dictates via the Green New Deal or other carbon reducing schemes, and expand Washington, D.C.s control over the formerly free enterprise system in America, while depending on imports from China for green technology. In a word, the Biden green agenda can be characterized by one word — fraudulent.

Rick Manning is the President of Americans for Limited Government. Reproduced with permission, original here.

New Report: Record Coal Plant Retirements In U.S. and EU Offset By China Coal Plant Boom In 2020

  • Global Energy Monitor 
  • April 5, 2021

San Francisco, CA–A steep increase in coal plant development in China offset a retreat from coal in the rest of the world in 2020, resulting in the first increase in global coal capacity development since 2015, according to a new report led by Global Energy Monitor (GEM). In total, China was home to 85% of the 87.4 gigawatts (GW) of proposed new coal plants in 2020. 

The report, Boom and Bust 2021: Tracking The Global Coal Plant Pipeline, is the seventh annual survey of the global coal plant pipeline. A record-tying 37.8 GW of coal plants were retired in 2020, led by the U.S. with 11.3 GW and EU27 with 10.1 GW. President Trump’s promised coal boom was a bust as U.S. coal plant retirements during Trump’s four-year term rose to 52.4 GW, exceeding the 48.9 GW retired during President Obama’s second term.

China commissioned 38.4 GW of new coal plants in 2020, comprising 76% of the global total (50.3 GW). Outside China, 11.9 GW was commissioned and, taking into account closures, the global coal fleet outside China declined by 17.2 GW in 2020 – the third year in a row that coal power capacity outside China shrank. 

Outside China, the coal plant development pipeline is collapsing in Asia, as Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia have announced plans to cut up to 62.0 GW of planned coal power. GEM estimates the policies will leave 25.2 GW of coal power capacity remaining in pre-construction planning in the four countries—an 80% decline from the 125.5 GW planned there just five years ago, in 2015.

Globally, commissioning of new plants fell to 50.3 GW in 2020, a decline of 34% from 2019, as projects in development struggled to obtain financing and many projects were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In India, coal power capacity rose by just 0.7 GW in 2020, with 2.0 GW commissioned and 1.3 GW retired. 

New construction starts fell 5% from 28.3 GW in 2019 to 27.0 GW in 2020. However, outside of China, new construction starts fell by 74%, from 21.1 GW in 2019 to 5.5 GW in 2020. 

“In 2020, we saw country after country make announcements to cut the amount of coal power in their future energy plans,” said Christine Shearer, GEM’s Coal Program Director. “We are very likely seeing the last coal plants in planning throughout most of the world.” 

“Dozens of new coal power projects, equal to the total coal power capacity of Germany and Poland combined, were announced last year in China,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, CREA’s lead analyst. “These projects are a key test of the country’s pledge to peak emissions before 2030 and reach carbon neutrality before 2060. Cancelling them would put the country on track to the low-carbon development the leadership says it wants to pursue.”

In addition to GEM the report’s co-authors are the Sierra Club, the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), Climate Risk Horizons, GreenID, and Ekosfer.

View the full report here