Back in November 2017, a United Nations climate report warned that even if every country should abide by the grand promises they made in Paris to reduce greenhouse gases, the planet would still be “doomed.”
The report said unless global greenhouse gas emissions peak before 2020, the CO2 levels would be way above the goal set for 2030, which, the report went on, will make it “extremely unlikely that the goal of holding global warming to well below 2 degrees C can still be reached.”
Well, it’s now 2020. The list of what needed to be done by 2020 included: Boosting renewable energy’s share to 30%. Pushing electric cars to 15% of new car sales, up from less than 1% in 2017. Doubling mass transit use. Cutting air travel CO2 emissions by 20%. And coming up with $1 trillion for “climate action.”
Oh, and coal-fired power plants would have to be phased out worldwide, starting right then.
According to the report, “phasing out coal consumption … is an indispensable condition for achieving international climate change targets.” That means putting a halt to any new coal plants while starting to phase out the ones currently in use.
“Good luck with that,” said this article on investors.com. “There are currently 273 gigawatts of coal capacity under construction around the world, and another 570 gigawatts in the pipeline, the UN says. That would represent a 42% increase in global energy production from coal.”
And that’s just the beginning. It is my understanding that during the next five years Japan intends to build 22 coal-fired power stations to replace its nuclear power plants. Those 22 coal-burning plants will be built at 17 different sites in Japan. It is claimed those 22 power plants will emit almost as much carbon dioxide annually as all the passenger cars sold each year in the United States. And don’t forget the coal-fired power stations being built in Germany, China, and God only knows where else.
Thanks to John Galipeau for this link