China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks
BEIJING — 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.Or:
The increase alone is greater than the whole German economy emits annually from fossil fuels.
Illustrating the scale of the revision, the new figures add about 600 million tons to China’s coal consumption in 2012 — an amount equivalent to more than 70 percent of the total coal used annually by the United States.
Not only has China not been telling the truth about their emissions but the amount of CO2 actually produced has been significantly higher than estimated and hasn't increased the rate of predicted warming. Strange indeed. Almost as strange as the history of climate alarmism.