The cost and social disruption caused by Climate & Energy Minister Chris ‘Blackouts’ Bowen’s global warming crusade continue to grow.
Despite all the factual information available to him, this ignoramus continues to implement and even expand his plans to reach net zero by 2050 – a task that is clearly impossible to achieve.
Meanwhile, India has committed itself to greater coal-fired generation use and is set to voice developing nations’ demands for a greater share of the carbon emissions budget at the COP 28 Climate Change Conference in Dubai.
India is the world’s third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide after China and the US, with a booming economy driving electricity demand up 9.6% in fiscal year 2023.
“There will be pressure again on those countries who use coal,” RK Singh, India’s Minister of Power, said recently. “Our point of view is that we are not going to compromise with the availability of power for growth.”
Public sector power companies are constructing about 27 GW of thermal plants — almost all coal — but this is insufficient, according to Singh. The country needs “at least 80 GW” of new capacity to meet future demand, he said.
India generated 149.66 TWh of electricity in September, of which 73%, was coal-fired, data from Central Electricity Authority showed. The coal-fired figure was up 17% year on year.
S&P Global Commodity Insights forecasts the share of coal-fired generation in India’s power mix will rise to 77% by 2025 before supposedly falling to 71% in 2030 and 52% by 2050. However, no explanation has been given as to why there may be a reduction in demand.
“India cannot survive without coal as it has no other options,” said Rashika Gupta, Research and Analysis Director at S&P Global. “Nuclear and hydro take a decade to build, gas is not available, and LNG is very expensive. India’s forte has always been coal — it knows how to operate it, and there is indigenous capacity to build it.”
India is in second place to China in terms of new coal-fired power capacity construction in Asia, with 31.6 gigawatts (GW) of capacity underway as of July 2023, the Global Energy Monitor (GEM) reported. This capacity is part of the 67 GW being constructed in the region, with Indonesia and Vietnam also contributing significantly.
The report by GEM, which tracks coal plants globally, reveals that these three countries are responsible for 84% of the total construction activity outside China, despite a global downturn in new coal power projects.
China initiated construction on coal power plants worth 37GW in total capacity.
Furthermore, GEM’s October 2023 report indicates that 110 GW of coal power capacity remains under consideration outside of China. This includes 83% of cumulative proposed coal power in India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.
China is ramping up coal and natural gas production, imports, and consumption as its electricity demand jumped in the year’s second half and looks to hit a record-high winter peak demand.
Chinese authorities have been keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s shortages and increased prices and have instructed utilities and producers to maximize imports and output before the winter.
Ahead of the 2023/2024 heating season, China looks better prepared to meet peak power demand than in the previous winter.
China sees its peak power demand potentially rising by 12.1%, or by 140 gigawatts (GW), this winter, a spokesperson for the National Energy Administration (NEA) said at the end of October.
Generally, China is certain that its winter power supply is guaranteed, but shortages could occur in the Yunnan province and Inner Mongolia, according to NEA spokesperson Zhang Xing, quoted by Reuters.
Clearly, these Asian countries have no fear of imminent global warming Armageddon otherwise they wouldn’t be expanding their usage of fossil fuels.
It’s only the western democracies, including Australia, that have this futile obsession with trying to control what is simply a perfectly normal increase in our planet’s temperature. It’s been changing for millions of years without any input from humans.
And the fear factor created by climate activists with a vested interest in raising alarm is based solely on the ridiculous so-called ‘settled science’ that portrays carbon dioxide (CO2) as the cause of the global warming ‘emergency’. The truth is our planet actually needs more CO2 as it is currently at an all-time low.
CO2 is an invisible and vital gas that enhances the growth of plant food which, in turn, helps feed millions of people and improve their level of prosperity.
In Australia’s case, the situation is even more ridiculous because we only produce just over 1% of human-induced global CO2 emissions, so nothing we do will have any meaningful impact on global warming.
Thanks to Net Zero Watch’s Newsletter (firstname.lastname@example.org), S&P Global, Economic Times of India, OilPrice.com, The Epoch Times, and The Saltbush Club for their input to this article. And, of course, Johannes Leak for his cartoon.