While the US and EU are Wasting $TRILLIONS on Expensive Unicorn Energy, China is Boosting Domestic Coal Output and Imports

MARCH 22, 2022
By Paul Homewood

China plans a massive increase in coal mining, a move that will reduce its reliance on imports from hostile countries, such as Australia and the US. China will increase its coal and gas imports from friendly countries, such as Russia

China’s measures likely will postpone some climate actions. 

China’s measures would completely offset any highly subsidized U.S. wind and solar build-outs that produce electricity at about 3 times the price of electricity from coal




The National Development and Reform Commission, the nation’s top economic planner, told officials from major mining regions at a meeting late last week that it wants to boost domestic production capacity by about 300 million tons, according to people familiar with the matter. It also plans to build a 620 million-ton stockpile of the fuel split between government, miners and users.

Such an increase in output would cut the country’s already scant dependence on foreign imports after global prices hit record levels in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The measures also highlight concerns that China’s reliance on fossil fuels remains as entrenched as ever, as it seeks to enhance energy security to limit disruptions to economic growth, regardless of the impact on its climate goals.

It’s hard to overstate the importance to China of coal, the most-polluting fossil fuel. The nation produces and consumes more than half of global supply, and it’s the biggest contributor to its world-leading greenhouse gas emissions.

China has said that coal consumption should begin to fall off in the second half of this decade as it strives to peak emissions across the economy by 2030.

The production increase would be split, with 150 million tons of capacity coming from new, upgraded operations and another 150 million from open-pit mines and some mines that had previously been shut.

Daily output should average 12.6 million tons, according to the NDRC, which is even higher than the record-breaking levels reached in the fall after shortages caused widespread industrial brownouts.

The NDRC didn’t give a timeline for the ramp-up, but if last year’s all-out push on production is anything to go by, it could happen relatively quickly.

The added 300 million tons of capacity is equivalent to China’s typical annual imports. The nation produced over 4 billion tons of its own coal last year.



Add in China’s recently agreed deal to import 100 million tonnes of coal a year from Russia, and it is clear that they have no intention of cutting back on coal consumption, anytime soon.

Just in case you did not know,

The coal will be burned in ULTRA-SUPER-CRITICAL new coal plants, that are about 44% efficient, with the latest air cleaning technology (as good as the best in Europe, Japan, and the US), and are, as a result, at least 100 times CLEANER than retiring old coal plants, that are about 25% efficient, with poor air cleaning technology.

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Comment by Willem Post on March 28, 2022 at 5:39pm


Thank for that reference.

Lots of good stuff in one place.

Comment by Lynn Oleum on March 28, 2022 at 2:54pm

All nuclear power plants breed plutonium. Half of the electricity produced by thermal-spectrum plants is produced by plutonium fission. The difference with fast neutrons is that 5% more plutonium is produced than the uranium and plutonium consumed.

To make weapons from plutonium produced in any power reactor, with either thermal or fast neutrons, the reactor would need to be operated in an easily-detectable nonstandard way, and the fuel residence time would need to be much shorter. Otherwise, the Pu-239 is never more than about 54%. Weapons-grade plutonium is 93% Pu-239. Britain tried it once, got up to 63% Pu-239, made a "device" and tried it out. They didn't give details, but said "we will not bother to try that again." The alternative is to separate Pu-239 from Pu-238 and Pu-240, which is much more difficult than separating U-235 from U-238.

The anti-nuclear argument that civilian nuclear power reactors lead to weapons proliferation is a giant stinking red herring.

Read "Plentiful Energy" by Charles E. Till and Yoon Il Chang. Dr. Chang has generously given me permission to link a PDF for it from http://vandyke.mynetgear.com/Nuclear.html. Or you can buy it on paper from amazon.

Comment by Willem Post on March 27, 2022 at 9:50pm

High-speed neutrons, aka fast neutrons, are used to create plutonium, which can become a power plant fuel, or if highly purified, fuel for a nuclear bomb. Such reactors are breeders, I.e,, produce more plutonium than uranium was used.

Comment by Lynn Oleum on March 27, 2022 at 7:29pm

There are 52 nuclear power plants under construction worldwide. Only two in the United States, at Vogtle, in Georgia, nearing completion. Activists want to prevent them from entering service. About thirty of those are in China. China also has inked a contract to buy a BN-800 liquid-metal cooled fast reactor from Russia, which uses technology invented by the US DOE, but scrapped by the Cliton administration in 1993. Read "Plentiful Energy" by Charles E. Till and Yoon Il Chang. Read "Smarter Use of Nuclear Waste" in December 2005 Scientific American (available online). Dr. Chang has generously given me permission to link a PDF for "Plentiful Energy" from http://vandyke.mynetgear.com/Nuclear.html.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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