26 Feb '15, 6pm

It's official! Chinese coal production and consumption are falling

It's official! Chinese coal production and consumption are falling

It's long been the most tiresome argument for maintaining the energy status quo: Why should we cut our emissions when China will just keep on polluting? Recently, however, there have been some serious fissures appearing in this (already silly) line of reasoning. First, you have the China-US climate pact , in which China committed to an absolute cap on emissions for the first time ever. Next you have research showing that wind and solar are the cheapest options for fueling China's growth already in the near term. Then you have signs that Chinese coal imports had fallen , reports from Greenpeace that coal consumption was down , and figures showing China's own coal production was in decline too . As the Wall Street Jurnal reports, these trends have just been made official—with official government figures showing Chinese coal production AND consumption was indeed down in 2014 ...

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