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The climate scaremongers: China leads the world over green power? Pull the other one!

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LOBBYISTS for Net Zero continue to gaslight the public into believing that China is leading the world in fighting climate change. They do so in the hope of persuading us that the UK should do its share as well.

The Telegraph‘s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, for instance, is always generous with his praise for President Xi, recently claiming that China is leading the world in building wind and solar farms. He even ludicrously claimed that China would hit Net Zero by 2050, even earlier than Europe.

He has evidently had the wool pulled over his eyes.

China’s energy sector is so big that the numbers he quotes inevitably seem large to us. Their electricity generation, for example, is 27 times the size of ours. But despite this new investment, wind and solar still supplied only 7 per cent of their primary energy in 2022. In the UK the number is 12 per cent.

Because demand for energy in China keeps rising faster than renewables do, fossil fuel consumption has to keep rising too.

As a result last year, according to Carbon Brief, China’s emissions of CO2 rose by 5.2 per cent, largely due to consumption of coal being 4.4 per cent higher. Forget about ‘bounce backs’ from lockdown – these emissions are now 11.7 per cent higher than in 2019, and appear to be on an accelerating trend:

https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-record-drop-in-chinas-co2-emissions-needed-to-meet-2025-target

China’s emissions are 30 times greater than the UK’s.

Last year coal output also hit a record high in the country, and as of last summer a further 305 new coal power plants, with a capacity of 391 GW, had already either been approved or announced. Again, this represents a big increase since the 2015-2020 period:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2023/11/12/china-coal-climate-change-carbon-emissions-pledge-plants-apec

What the likes of Evans-Pritchard fail to understand is that countries such as China simply cannot run their economies wholly, or even largely, on intermittent wind and solar power, no matter how cheap they may appear to be. They are fine as a top-up for reliable, dispatchable power, but little else. China has clearly realised this. It is about time that we did as well!

No rest for the BBC’s story-tellers

WHILE the rest of us have been enjoying Easter, there has been no holiday for the BBC’s climate misinformation department!

Here’s just a sample of their propaganda in the past few weeks.

1)    It’s hot in Sudan

A heatwave in South Sudan got the BBC worked up in March, with temperatures reaching 41C in the capital of Juba. According to them, it was exceptionally early for such temperatures, which they said usually only occur in summer. This was an outright lie, because March is the month when temperatures peak in the country. Summer is the coolest time of year, as that is when the rainy season arrives.

2)    No more beer

A few days later, they were warning us that Climate change threatens to “call time” on the great British pint’. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-68636451 Apparently a warmer climate is going to destroy our hop industry, even though hops thrive in parts of Europe with much warmer summers than us. As usual, the BBC’s claims that hop yields are already being affected by climate change are not supported by the actual data, which shows the opposite.

3)    No more coral

Every year the BBC manage to come up with another ‘mass coral bleaching’ story. This year they reported that ‘Coral around the world is turning white and even dying as recent record ocean heat takes a devastating toll’. There has of course been no ‘devastating toll’. Nor are bleaching events rare as the article pretends.

Bleaching is in fact a perfectly natural process, which occurs when water temperatures change, both up and down, as well as because of other environmental factors. It does not happen because the ‘water is too hot’, as the BBC claim. And there is no evidence that this bleaching is anything new.

Coral reefs recover very quickly from bleaching, when the algae expelled are replaced by other algae more suited to conditions. Far from dying out, coral reefs around the world are perfectly healthy, as Australia’s leading expert constantly reminds us:

4)    It’s hot in Mali too!

BBC reporters never cease to be amazed that it gets hot in Africa.

A couple of weeks ago, they grandly announced‘A deadly heatwave in West Africa and the Sahel was “impossible” without human-induced climate change, scientists say. Temperatures soared above 48C in Mali with one hospital linking hundreds of deaths to the extreme heat. In Bamako, the capital of Mali, the Gabriel Toure Hospital said it recorded 102 deaths in the first days of April. Around half the people who died were over 60 years of age, and the hospital said that heat played a role in many of these casualties.’ 

As is often the case, the BBC’s temperature claims are not supported by the actual data, which showed a peak of 44C at official weather stations, not 48C. But what the BBC omit to tell you is that Bamako is an overcrowded city of 4million, having grown from 100,000 in 1960. The urban heat island (UHI) effect must add at least three or four degrees to temperatures there, and pollution is regarded by the authorities to be a real problem, as you might imagine.

A few miles from Bamako, the small town of Senou shows no signs of temperatures becoming more extreme because of climate change:

You don’t have to look further than these two factors, UHI and pollution, to explain the death toll.

Needless to say, the BBC’s claims about climate change are based on fraudulent weather attribution models, derived from computer modelling rather than actual data.

5)    Sunburnt penguins

According to the BBC:

‘For Antarctic wildlife, exposure to the Sun’s damaging rays has increased in recent years, scientists say. A hole in the ozone layer – the protective barrier of gas in the upper atmosphere – now lingers over the frozen continent for more of the year. A major cause of ozone loss is believed to be the amount of smoke from unprecedented Australian wildfires, which were fuelled by climate change.’ 

The study the BBC is quoting from does not claim that the wildfires were either unprecedented or fuelled by climate change. Instead it makes clear that wildfires are just one of several natural factors behind ozone loss, such as the Polar Vortex, La Niña and the Hunga-Tonga volcano eruption. The report also makes clear that the ozone hole regularly expands and contracts, making a nonsense of the BBC’s claim that climate change is making it bigger.

6)    Red hotApril

In the south, the temperature got into the high teens for a day or two in the week after Easter, so the BBC thought it would be a good time to wheel out their red-hot weather chart! I hope the penguins at London Zoo put their sun cream on!

Heaven knows what colour they’ll use in July!

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Paul Homewood
Paul Homewood
Paul Homewood is a former accountant who blogs about climate change at Not a Lot of People Know That

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