China's Two-Headed Coal Beast and the Case for Exporting U.S. Natural Gas

China is responsible for about a third of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, and is exporting coal plants to developing nations through its Belt and Road Initiative at a dizzying rate, according to a recent AFP article that examines Beijing's recent climate pledges.

At the same time, activists are trying to stop the export of U.S. natural gas to Asia via the West Coast, which is the quickest win available that will significantly lower global emissions.

That strategy is only enabling China's coal surge, and stopping America from exporting its success in lowering greenhouse gas emissions by more than any country in the world.

The strategy is simple - export natural gas produced under the most stringent environmental regulations on the planet to replace coal-fired generation in Asian nations with increasing energy demands.

It worked in America, and we can export our gas and environmental leadership at the same time.

What's not working for the environment is China's coal frenzy:

"China's surprise pledge to slash its carbon footprint to zero by 2060 was met with cautious applause, but fresh spending on coal to rev up a virus-hit economy threatens to nullify its audacious bid to lead the world into a low carbon future.

The fossil fuel has powered China's economic surge over the last thirty years, and the nation burns about half the coal used globally each year.

Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for nearly a third of the world's total greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

Despite pledges to wean the economy off coal with the world's most ambitious investment in renewables, China's coal consumption climbed back in June this year to near the peak levels seen in 2013."

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