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  • Damn, these Chinese need energy!

    by Sunny
    19th November, 2007 at 5:29 pm    

    The New York Times has another interesting article on China’s energy needs:

    The Three Gorges Dam, then, lies at the uncomfortable center of China’s energy conundrum: The nation’s roaring economy is addicted to dirty, coal-fired power plants that pollute the air and belch greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Dams are much cleaner producers of electricity, but they have displaced millions of people in China and carved a stark environmental legacy on the landscape.

    At the same time, China’s insatiable appetite for energy is mostly being met with a building spree of coal-fired power plants. Coal accounts for 67 percent of China’s energy supply. Just last year, China added 102 gigawatts of generating capacity, as much as the entire capacity of France.

    To ease its addiction to coal, China wants 15 percent of the country’s energy consumption to come from renewable sources by 2020, compared with 7.5 percent today. To do that, it is developing solar, wind and biomass projects so rapidly that some experts say it could soon become a world leader in renewable energy. Even so, forecasts show these sources will amount to less than 4 percent of the energy supply by 2020.

    In a few decades people will probably look back and ask how China became such a huge industrial power. This is probably how. If the country becomes a leader in renewable energy then Europe and the US will be left even further behind.

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    1. High School Online

      High School Online…

      I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting…

    1. Rumbold — on 19th November, 2007 at 7:16 pm  

      On the issue of renewable energy, what irks me so much is the way our universities are funded. Mickey mouse courses that yield little or no return are subsidisied by the taxpayer, instead of using this money to fund extra research into renewable energy.

    2. Letters From A Tory — on 20th November, 2007 at 7:37 am  

      This really is a red herring. With the sheer volume of cheap coal China (and many developing nations) has access to, there clearly aren’t going to change their habits until the coal runs out. Otherwise, they risk jeopardising their economic competitiveness.

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