“My first thought was that I had stumbled onto a Babylon Bee article,” writes Ed Ireland on Substack.
Then he quotes Bloomberg Green:
“Expanding coal-fired power is China’s only real option in the short term to meet rising electricity demand, including from new energy vehicles, according to ANZ Group.”
“Here’s my interpretation of this twisted logic: The world is fighting climate change which has caused a surge in demand for EVs, and since China controls most of the metals and rare earth minerals needed in EVs, China is being forced to burn more coal to help the world fight climate change.”
Okay, forget the twisted logic. How much coal does China burn? More than eight times the U.S. production, and about twice India’s (the second largest user), Ireland reports.
Image of charging coal at the Lao Ye Temple Mine is by Peter Van den Bossche and licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.