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🇨🇳China’s reliance on coal: Pivot to green energy difficult | Al Jazeera English



After the United States announced it would terminate its membership of the Paris agreement, Beijing was quick to brand itself as a global leader committed to fighting climate change, through green policymaking.
The country has been investing heavily in renewables. Last year, for every dollar spent in the US on alternative energy, China spent three.
But China’s carbon emissions have risen since 2015, coal still accounts for over 60 percent of the country’s energy consumption and new coal plants are still being built.

Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown reports from Beijing.

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10 comments

  1. Arian Brown is right about EV sales increasing. However, a plug-in car theoretically charged using 100% coal-generated power is 15% cleaner per kilometer than a comparably-sized gasoline car. Think Tesla Model S to a Jaguar XF, or a Mercedes E Class.
    Or, a Tesla Model 3 to a BMW 3 Series. Coal is a massive problem. Yes. However, China is reducing its reliance on coal in favour of greener solutions.

  2. Good work China tackling the climate change caused by the West's industrialisation

  3. China need electric power : they've just built internment camps
    for a million people in Xinjiang.
    Also, when they are harvesting human organs you need to be able to see
    which prisoner you are operating on.

  4. Coal is good! Pennsyvania coal is be best!

  5. Adrian Brown says he was in Sichuan China 3 years ago. But he hasn't returned since because he was booted out of China for inciting social disturbance on behalf of the US government. All he can do is stand in front of a large screen showing Beijing's skyline and pretend he's reporting from there.

  6. The US is a warmongering lawless rogue state. Trump is a low life pathological liar and a little Adolf Hitler while Pence from the fascist Christian Right is a little Joseph Goebbels. Read Chris Hedges book, America the farewell tour and check out his, Joseph Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs videos on YouTube. Also read 'How Fascism Works' by Jason Stanley.

  7. Russian energy will soon save China’s environment.

  8. electric cars so nice now they have to just get rid of the coal power plant powering the cars

  9. Good, means increasing coal import from Indonesia.

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