China to develop clean energy, but keep burning coal

Okay, reports that China might be ready to freeze greenhouse gas emissions were very premature. The government just released a 44-page report on energy resources. The bottom line:

China promised Wednesday to develop renewable energy for its fast-growing economy but warned that coal consumption will grow dramatically and avoided embracing binding limits on its greenhouse gas emissions.

The report said China will expand measures to exploit its abundant coal reserves — a step that will help to reduce reliance on imported fuel but could sharply raise greenhouse gas outputs.

Our next President will certainly have her or his hands full trying to reign in our emissions and theirs in time to save the planet’s livability.

4 Responses to China to develop clean energy, but keep burning coal

  1. David says:

    You need to think positive. At least they’re developing renewables. And with the massive amount of energy that those renewables will provide, China will only increase their coal consumption by 200% in the next ten years instead of 200.00001%.

  2. David B. Benson says:

    I fear so. China’s own bio-fuel potential is not that great.

    However, China has been invessting rather massively in bio-fuel productin in Africa, where the potential is indeed large.

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