The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has recently enraged green activists by reinvigorating its coal-fired power in an effort to empower its dwindling economy. In response, numerous groups have responded angrily to the Asian superpower’s intentions to flood the planet with fresh pollution.
Specifically, CCP officials are calling for the increase in coal production capacity, to the tune of 300 million additional tons this year alone, per various news reports. This production capacity is equivalent to 7 percent of the previous year’s output at 4.1 billion tons, which in turn was an increase of 5.7 percent from 2020.
While China remains one of the world’s largest investors in solar and wind energy, edgy CCP leaders have called for more coal-fired power in response to a plunging economy, coupled with shortages that caused serious blackouts and factory shutdowns.
In addition, Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has amplified fears that foreign energy supply chains may be significantly disrupted.
“This mentality of ensuring energy security has become dominant, trumping carbon neutrality,” declared Li Shuo, who serves as a a senior global policy adviser for Greenpeace.
“We are moving into a relatively unfavorable time period for climate action in China,” Shuo added.
Various CCP officials are under intense politics pressure to promote stability, especially as Chinese President Xi Jinping attempts to aware himself yet another five-year term as the ruling party leader this coming fall.
CCP Cabinet officials declared that coal is critically important for “energy security” during a recent April 20 meeting.
As a result, the CCP intends to build several power plants via injecting money into the economy, simultaneously reviving the growth that diminished to just 4 percent in Q4 of 2021, a dramatic decline from 8.1 percent growth for the entire year.
While several governments have committed to limiting atmosphere warming to 2 degrees Celsius per annum, the CCP has refused to be a signatory to any climate change agreements, citing its “developing status,” which should probably be adjusted to “developed” at this juncture in time, especially when comparing China’s GDP to the United States’ GDP.
China claims that its carbon emissions will reach their highest point in 2030 before the nation allegedly becomes “carbon neutral” by 2060.
Currently, China remains the largest consumer and producer of coal in the world.
The nation is currently responsible for 26.1 percent of all global emissions, or more than twice as much as the United States, whose respective share is 12.8 percent.