American Thinker: A Helsinki-based research group is reporting that Communist China is set to build another 43 coal-fired power plants along with 18 new blast furnaces as part of its newest five-year-plan. These new projects have all been announced in the first half of 2021.
The report, produced by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) along with the U.S. group Global Energy Monitor (GEM), was released just scant days after the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Sixth Assessment Report on the current state of the climate, which General Secretary of the UN António Guterres called a “code red for humanity.”
“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecc. 1″9
The new greenhouse-gas emitting projects are in line with the country’s latest five-year-plan, which calls for hundreds of such plants to be built between 2021 and 2025. Oddly enough, the new plants are also in line with China’s pledge to the Paris Climate Agreement, which states only that the country will reach peak emissions by 2030.
Last September, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping pledged that China would reach carbon neutrality by 2060. The climate pledges China has made seem to be at cross purposes with the building of the coal-fired plants and blast furnaces.
In China, it would seem, economic progress is still allowed to trump environmentalism.
“There is this desire in the Chinese political and economic system to keep on building, to continue the infrastructure fever,” said Li Shuo, a Greenpeace advisor based in Beijing. Read More