Map: "County Economic Status in Appalachia, FY 2016," Appalachian Regional Commission, US gov. data, "(Effective October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016)"
VP Joe Biden, May 2013: "The Chinese are building something like one new coal-fired plant a week – a week....And they're building them every week, and they've been doing that for the last six or seven years."...
subhead, "You mentioned a carbon tax. Is the Obama administration going to follow the lead of China and propose such a policy?"
5/10/2013, Joe Biden: The Rolling Stone Interview | Politics News | Rolling Stone
Inaccurate China coal reports:
China 'corrects' coal emissions report in 2015, has been burning up to 17% more coal yearly, meaning a billion tons more emissions than previously reported. Jan. 2015 NY Times article
1/3/2015, "China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks," NY Times, Chris Buckley, Beijing (11/4/ print)
"China, the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases from coal, has been burning up to 17 percent more coal a year than the government previously disclosed, according to newly released data. The finding could complicate the already difficult efforts to limit global warming.
Even for a country of China's size, the scale of the correction is immense. The sharp upward revision in official figures means that China has released much more carbon dioxide — almost a billion more tons a year according to initial calculations — than previously estimated....This is not the first time China has underestimated its coal consumption. In the late 1990s, small coal mines were ordered to close, but many of them simply stopped reporting their output to the government. For a time, this created an erroneous impression that China had succeeded in generating economic growth without increasing emissions."...
China leads world in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel, Dec. 2014 report:
Page 14, chart above, CO2 emissions from fossil fuel:
China emitted almost one third of global total in 2013, 10.3 billion tons, more than US and EU combined.
Dec. 2014, "Trends in global CO2 emissions 2014 Report," PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, EU Commission Joint Research Centre.
Jan. 2014, China coal use:
1/27/2014, "China’s Growing Coal Use Is World’s Growing Problem," ClimateCentral.org, Eric Larson
image from Climate Central
6/4/2012, “Climate change stunner: USA leads world in CO2 cuts since 2006,” Vancouver Observer, Saxifrage
“Not only that, but as my top chart shows, US CO2 emissions are falling even faster than what President Obama pledged in the global Copenhagen Accord."…
Nov. 2015 Reuters article: 500 new coal plants in Asia in 2015, 1000 more planned:
11/3/2015, "Natural gas losing its shine as Asia holds faith in coal power," Reuters UK, Florence Tan and Henning Gloystein, Singapore
"While much attention has been given to a potential peak in China's coal demand and worries about emissions, in Asia alone this year power companies are building more than 500 coal fired plants, with at least a thousand more on planning boards. Coal is not only cheaper than natural gas, it is often available locally and has no heavy import costs....
And growth in coal is not only seen in developing economies. Coal's share of the energy mix in Japan, top importer of LNG, will rise to 30 percent by 2030, up from 22 percent in 2010,"...
3/12/16, "Trump Blames EPA For Ohio’s Struggling Coal And Steel Industry," Daily Caller, Chris Smith