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China is addicted to coal, even though it is killing humans all over the world


IT US KILLS GETTING IT OUT - Mining is traditionally a dangerous occupation. If a mine collapse does not get you, the carcinogenic dust will do you no good either.



When you think coal, think about China upping their production of coal fired power plants by 235 GW. They are also involved in another 102 GW of construction overseas.


Purchasing goods from any country that is accelerating coal burning is like adding to global warming. In buying goods from a country that is turning its back on climate change, it is encouraging them to keep on stepping on the fossil fuel gas pedal.


This is at the expense of sinking Pacific islands and melting the ice caps, not to mention killing thousands of species every year and acidifying the oceans.


The USA under Trump is just as bad as China under Xi Jinping, except that Donald is more oil and gas addicted.


Fossil fuels kick started our industrial revolution, powered steam ships and generated electricity as we released the energy in coal and later oil, to make things happen at a faster pace. Cars, ships and aircraft being an example of things we now take for granted that pollute big time.


But it was a brilliant time for engineers and town planners who thought they could rely of this energy source without any consequences. Because after all the world is a big place. Surely humans could not alter the delicate ecological balance of planet earth just by driving a few cars and lighting a few home fires. Then came central heating. Sh*#%


Sadly, we can. We did and we still are, even though we now know how dangerous our excesses are to other species - and we are also set for extinction if we do nothing to swap fossil fuels for clean renewable energy sources.





Nature found a way to lock up carbon from excess energy that was pouring onto the earth's surface in producing coal. Coal is a natural carbon sink.


Man was stupid enough to burn the coal to unlock the carbon that nature had locked up for him.


How stupid is that?





Nature used leaves and algae to capture energy from the sun and convert that into plant matter. This is called photosynthesis. It is the basis of all life on earth.





Oil is also one of natures way of locking up energy from the sun.


Mankind needs to tap into the incoming solar energy directly, rather than unlock the carbon that is safely tucked away for a rainy day or two.



Oil usage map of the world by country in millions of barrels


Map of the world showing oil consumption as colour codes.




By way of an example, the United States has less than 5% of the world's population, but uses more than 25% of the world's supply of fossil fuels derived from oil. As the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, CO2 from fossil fuel combustion, accounted for 80 percent of [its] weighted emissions in 1998. Combustion of fossil fuels also produces other air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals. The more developed a country in 2019, the harder it will be to kick the fossil fuel habit. Going cold-turkey is not an option. President Donald Trump and other G20 world leaders are sure to be considering ways of curing their nation's addiction to oil, before they overdose.








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