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China promotes coal in setback for efforts to cut emissions

China Climate Coal Boom
Posted at 8:18 PM, Apr 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-24 23:18:12-04

BEIJING — China is promoting coal-fired power as the ruling Communist Party tries to revive a sluggish economy, prompting warnings that Beijing is setting back efforts to cut climate-changing carbon emissions from the biggest global source.

News reports say official plans call for boosting coal production capacity by 300 million tons this year. That is equal to 7% of last year’s output of 4.1 billion tons.

China is one of the biggest investors in wind and solar, but jittery leaders called for more coal-fired power after economic growth plunged and shortages caused blackouts and factory shutdowns.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine added to anxiety that foreign oil and coal supplies might be disrupted.