China syndrome may equal the entire world’s CO2 production.

Posted on March 31, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

While U.S. emissions have continued to drop since 2005, China’s carbon usage keeps pace with its economic growth.
At this pace China’s emissions will reach 8 gigatons a year by 2030, which is equal to the entire world’s CO2 production today.
That’s just the most stunning in a series of datapoints about the Chinese economy reported in a policy brief in the latest issue of the journal Science.

Coal power has been driving the stunning, seven plus percent a year growth in China’s economy. It’s long been said that China was adding one new coal power plant per week to its grid. But the real news is worse: China is completing two new coal plants per week.

And yet with all these numbers, Chinese per capita emissions remain one-quarter of our own here in the US. If the Chinese economy steps into our carbon footprint, all other greenhouse gas reduction efforts will be for naught.

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