China’s carbon emissions are skyrocketing • Do you agree?

While industries in green countries like Germany struggle with priceless green energy, China is increasing its use of coal.

China is emitting carbon emissions as if COVID never happened. This is bad news for the climate crisis

Published: Jul 10, 2023 6:05 am AEST

David Stern, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Khalid Ahmed, Australian National University

Data shows that China’s carbon emissions are now rising faster than they were before the COVID-19 outbreak, daunting hopes that the pandemic may have put the world’s most polluted country on a new emissions path.

We compared emissions in China in the first four months of 2019 – before the pandemic – and 2023. Emissions rose 10% between the two periods, despite the pandemic and China’s faltering economic recovery. Drivers of the increase are power generation and industry.

Under the Paris Agreement, China has committed to ensure that carbon emissions peak by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2060. Our analysis suggests that China may struggle to meet these ambitious goals.

Many believed that the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis would steer global development onto a less carbon-intensive basis. But China’s new path seems less sustainable than before. This is bad news for global efforts to combat climate change.

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I admit I didn’t foresee that. I thought China’s economy was in such trouble that emissions would stagnate.

But in hindsight, the reason for this increase in emissions is obvious.

Last summer, China experienced a drought so severe that one of its major waterways, the Yangtze River, dried up completely. There were also significant power shortages as they had to shut down much of their hydroelectric capacity.

Given that China has experienced several severe droughts and floods in recent years, it makes perfect sense for China to step up coal-burning to reduce its reliance on hydropower.

The funniest part is that a global coal renaissance is exactly what would happen if all the climate-weather catastrophes the alarmists were predicting actually happened.

If a super storm destroys your solar array or wrecks your wind turbines, or if torrential floods or severe droughts destroy your hydroelectric capacity, weatherproof coal and gas would be your only option.

Renewable energy is a complete waste of energy, even if we accept all the absurd global warming catastrophic predictions we’ve seen over the years.

If China has experienced extreme conditions and extreme conditions are predicted, is China actually experiencing climate change? Alarmists would certainly like you to believe that, but there’s a problem with that hypothesis. Each time the Yangtze River dries up, countless inscriptions written by people who endured previous severe droughts emerge, like the following inscription from 1086.

Inscription on the Yangtze River drought from 1086. (left) “The river water reaches 5 Chi below the fish on February 7, 1086 (Chinese lunar calendar)” and (right) “The river water reaches 4 Chi on January 24, 1074 (Chinese lunar calendar). Chi under the fish ), and that is the sign of good luck. Source AMS

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