China’s Coal Use Up–Or Not?

Just when it appeared China’s coal use was declining, a New York Times article yesterday asserted that the country is digging more coal. Which would dig the world into a deeper hole regarding climate change. Discouraging news. But wait. Check out a different perspective from this blog by Greenpeace coal expert, Lauri Myllyvirta. He says China recently and temporarily loosened rules that’s led to a bump in coal production. However, Myllyvirta reports, China’s net annual coal production for 2016 will be “far below” last year’s. China “is in the middle of a messy and complicated transition” regarding coal mining, he says.