No further coal plants should be built anywhere in the world ever again. The great majority of existing plants should be phased out within fifteen years. That is the message of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as delegates descend on Madrid for next week’s COP25. There is no chance of keeping CO2 emissions below critical thresholds and preventing run-away climate change if this does not happen. So one might justifiably be aggrieved by news that China is engaged in a massive – if surreptitious – expansion of its coal power fleet in breach of earlier pledges, seemingly taking advantage of climate denialism in the White House to raid our global commons. Xi Jinping’s industrial machine accounts for half the world’s coal consumption. He is now adding a large coal plant every two weeks.
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