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Is Coal Done Growing in China?
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  • maulerman

    Surprised not to see any mention of LNG as a bridge, both from Australia and US Exports. Natural gas power generation replacing coal power generation is the greatest (only?) factor in reducing US CO2 emissions. While they may not be able to develop their own shale gas, LNG is certainly there.

    • Fat_Man

      Pipeline gas in the US is cheap, but LNG is more expensive. It will not replace coal economically n China.

      • Pete

        100% Correct

      • Andrew Allison

        But it’s cheaper than the the renewables they’re planning to replace coal with.

        • Fat_Man

          LNG is cheaper than renewables. But, that is thinking like Obama. Coal is cheaper than LNG and that is what the Chinese will do, because they do not think like Obama even if they talk, in English, like Obama.

          • Andrew Allison

            I’m deeply offended by being accused of thinking like the second worst, if not the worst, President in US history!
            Furthermore, I think you missed the point, namely that social pressure is causing the Chinese government to at least talk about backing off on coal, and we’re talking about what might replace it.

          • Fat_Man

            “social pressure”. This is a Communist dictatorship we are talking about. They relieve social pressure by sending it to the gulag.

            To the extent that there is social pressure it is to solve the problem of actual smog. That can be most easily and cheaply solved by locating coal plants that use modern pollution control equipment well outside populated areas, just as we do in the US. “Renewables” are not a solution to the problem and LNG is a rich man’s solution.

  • Fat_Man

    And you believed them. They talk like Obama, and they act like Trump would act if he were as much a hard man as he claims he is. In other words, they Chinese will do what they want to do, and they will do it as cheaply as possible. Therefore they will continue to build new coal plants. Just not as close to cities and with modern pollution control equipment.

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