China’s strange endorsement of ‘net zero’

The Chinese path to supposed decarbonization starts with a lot more coal

Duggan Flanakin

You have to hand it to Xi Jinping. The Chinese “president for life” schmoozed United Nations royalty last September with his unexpected pledge that his country aims “to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality (Net Zero) before 2060.” 

Xi also urged other nations “to pursue innovative, coordinated, green and open development for all” through rapid deployment of new technologies, to “achieve a green recovery of the world economy in the post-COVID era and thus create a powerful force driving sustainable development.”

Confident that the mantle of world leadership was passing from the United States to him and China, Mr. Xi concluded by saying: “The baton of history has been passed to our generation, and we must make the right choice, a choice worthy of the people’s trust and of our times. Let us join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom shared by all of us and build a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind. Together, we can make the world a better place for everyone.”

Just how is China preparing itself for Net Zero? 

The London-based energy and climate research group Ember reports that China generated 53% of the world’s total coal-fired power in 2020, a jump of 9 percent from 2015, while adding 38.4 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power installations in 2020 alone. China is also financing billions of dollars’ worth of coal-fired power plants in African, Asian and other “developing” nations.

In 2020 China also added a record 71.7 GW of wind power and 48.2 GW of solar, while setting a goal of 70 GW of installed nuclear energy by 2025. But “progress is nowhere near fast enough,” says Ember power analyst Dave Jones, who insists “coal power needs to collapse by 80% by 2030 to avoid dangerous levels of warming.” Or so he and President Biden believe.

A joint analysis by Climate Analytics and the Asia Society Policy Institute concludes that, to reach the Paris Agreement’s goal limiting the global industrial era (post Little Ice Age) temperature rise to of 1.5o C, China would have to reach peak CO2 emissions by 2025 and reduce them rapidly thereafter, with a total phase-out of coal-fired power by 2040. Highly unlikely. 

However, a typical coal-fired power plant has a 40-year lifespan. Would China throw away massive investments just to kowtow to the UN? Draworld Environment Research Center chief economist Zhang Shuwei says Chinese coal may have to absorb over $300 billion in stranded assets if the nation follows through and undertakes a “cliff fall of coal power generation after 2030.” Also highly unlikely. 

Indeed, says the New York Post, China’s betrayal of its commitment to Hong Kong, its duplicity over the COVID pandemic and its dissembling on treatment of Uighurs suggest the Middle Kingdom cannot be trusted to keep its word. It shows there is no point negotiating with the Chinese Communist Party on issues like climate change, the Post added.

Agence France-Presse reported in March that China’s latest five-year plan increases investment in coal and omits any cap on total energy consumption. Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air analyst Lauri Myllyvirta also compares Xi’s words with China’s deeds, concluding “the central contradiction between expanding the smokestack economy and promoting green growth appears unresolved.”

Japanese journalists also questioned China’s commitment to any “green” economy. They contrasted China to supposedly “excellent” efforts by Japan and its Western allies to ramp up wind and solar – while failing to mention that new Japanese coal plants exceeded retirements in 2020, or that India and many other nations are also beefing up coal mining and power generation. 

Other journalists are equally offended by China’s apparent duplicity. “Despite pledges to cut emissions, China goes on a coal spree,” a Yale Environment360 headline proclaimed. In the article, China-based free-lancer Michael Standaert argued that there is a “real and figurative haze about how strong its climate ambitions really are and how quickly the country can wean itself from … coal.” Mother Jones reposted the article under the headline “China is bingeing on coal.” 

Vox correspondent Lili Pike provides a backstory excuse for China’s seemingly contradictory behavior. China’s provinces, she notes, have authority to approve new power plants on their own and see new coal plants as a way to boost their GDP and provide jobs. The economic slowdowns linked to COVID provided extra incentives for them to do so. 

Perhaps Vox thinks the provinces will recognize their ill-considered investments and shutter their coal plants once their economies are again rolling along. Perhaps pigs will fly.

China’s “slouching towards Net Zero” approach belies the panicked warnings of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who insists “the climate emergency” is the defining crisis of our time and is happening even more quickly than we feared. It “is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win,” he says. 

Guterres made a toothless plea to China last July to stop building new coal plants, but he giddily applauded Xi’s rhetoric in September. Xi has also won praise from mega-billionaire Bill Gates, who gushed over China’s “determination” to prioritize the climate and its contributions to carbon reduction. 

Said Gates: “It’s great that President Xi is making climate a priority and wants to work with other countries on this…. Without the contributions of China, many of the key ingredients [in fighting climate change], like batteries and solar power, wouldn’t be so affordable.” [We’re on the same team, babee!]

In the real world, not every environmental disaster prediction has come true. Actually, hardly any of them have. For example, Paul Ehrlich’s best-selling book, The Population Bomb, opened with this frightful assertion: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate.” 

The greatest famine since Stalin and Mao deliberately starved tens of millions to death never happened. 

More recently, Ehrlich’s ideological offspring Greta Thunberg proclaimed: “The world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change…. Around 2030 we will be in a position to set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control that will lead to the end of our civilization as we know it.” Criticizing China for detaining a young Chinese “climate striker,” Thunberg added: “Billions of people will die, and children will die while parents lose their jobs!” 

Of course people are far more likely to lose their jobs or die if countries are forced to exist on minimalist, weather-dependent wind and solar power – under racist, carbon-colonialist restrictions imposed on them by woke climate alarmist banks, bureaucrats, pressure groups and ill-educated teenagers. 

Perhaps Xi Jinping knows it’s too late to save the planet – so why not just “binge” on coal, keep his carefully watched subjects happy, and keep playing President Biden and other Western leaders like a piano. Perhaps he’s read the tea leaves, or the astronomical charts, and knows another killer asteroid is heading toward Earth – so why worry about death by fossil-fuel-driven climate change. 

Or maybe he figures that by 2030 the whole world will be under his control – since his economy and military are growing, Beijing owns or controls supply lines and manufacturing for the entire panoply of pretend-renewable energy technologies, it steals intellectual property rights with impunity, and no foreign country will dare to take China on, for all those reasons. 

Duggan Flanakin is director of policy research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (

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April 24, 2021 6:04 am

figures don’t lie… but liars figure

Gregory Woods
Reply to  goracle
April 24, 2021 6:48 am

How do you figure that?

Reply to  goracle
April 24, 2021 6:51 am

Dishonesty is a fundamental tenant of Marxism, and I wonder if this is the reason why lying is acceptable today in Chinese culture or if there is something more.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Scissor
April 24, 2021 7:47 am

I suggest it’s more about ignorance than dishonesty. They really think they can build a perfect society. It’s utopianism- a kind of religion. It’s that they think they know the truth, all they need to do is implement it. And if you don’t have the faith you are a reactionary moron. Their arrogance and hypocrisy drive me crazy.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 24, 2021 10:10 am

The problem with progressive utopian thinking is that it fails recognize “optimums”. Dissatisfaction, discomfort and injustice are unalterable features of the human condition. As such, they will always manifest and can only be attenuated but never eliminated. And when they are maximally attenuated, this is an “optimum”.

For example, if you pass a law that forbids the infringement of free speech to better the human condition (an optimum) and then notice this is not producing the desired utopian state you imagined (discomfort), what can you next? You can’t create something called “freer speech” and so the only alternative is to restrict speech. And thus the pendulum swings back in the other direction.

The Spinal Tap amplifier scene “going to 11, instead of the usual 10” is an example of failing to recognize an optimal state and then ludicrously trying to get around that fact.

Thus we have moved from elections to “fortified elections”… and observe how we as nation are coping with COVID19 verses the generation that went through the much more virulent 1918 Influenza Pandemic. I don’t think shutting down the national economy and passing trillion dollar debt financed stimuluses even crossed their minds. I am not making judgement here, but pointing out the differences in mindset… they were comfortable living in a non-ideal world, whereas we are not.

Anyway… for what it is worth.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Anon
April 24, 2021 1:12 pm

“and observe how we as nation are coping with COVID19 verses the generation that went through the much more virulent 1918 Influenza Pandemic”

my grandfather died from that at the age of 43

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 24, 2021 10:51 am

It is a religion, a behavioral protocol, dictated by mortal gods and goddesses, under a Twilight (i.e. conflation of logical domains, selective, opportunistic, relativistic) faith.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 24, 2021 11:58 am

You are severely underestimating Chinese officials’ intelligence. And ability to be dishonest.

They know they can’t achieve any carbon reduction. It’s more a question of how much additional carbon fuels they will require by 2030.

Any reductions by the rest of the world will be more than offset by China and developing countries. It’s really quite humorous to watch supposedly intelligent western leaders believe these empty promises.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  iflyjetzzz
April 24, 2021 1:48 pm

Actually, I agree with you 100%. I misread the item I responded to- and was thinking more about the “small time” lefties who might mean well but don’t understand reality. As for the Chinese- I recommend Kissinger’s tome, “On China”. They are very intelligent indeed- especially in the realm of strategic thinking. I think Kissinger understood them as well as anybody.

Reply to  iflyjetzzz
April 25, 2021 12:20 am

Maybe “supposedly intelligent western leaders” are actually intelligent and are playing us for fools. Artificial emergency to get power, a la George Orwell and his books 1984 and Animal Farm.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 24, 2021 5:07 pm

I suggest it is more about knowledge and politics. Xi Jingping was supposed to have studied Chemical Engineering at University. If that is so then he would likely know that there is no AGW, no greenhouse gases (from thermodynamics and Heat transfer) and that CO2 is beneficial and necessary for plant growth. There have been numerous (peer reviewed) papers from Chinese authors that have shown there is no warming in China and there there is a long record of climate cycles. The Chinese have been using irrigation for over 8000 years.

John K Sutherland
Reply to  Scissor
April 24, 2021 8:23 am

Scissor. The word is ‘tenet’.

Interested Observer
Reply to  John K Sutherland
April 24, 2021 10:18 am

I don’t know… dishonesty lives in Marxism so, tenant may not be that far off the mark.

But seriously, all Marxists are liars, cheaters, thieves and murderers. Don’t believe anything they say; watch what they are doing closely; keep your hands on your wallet at all times; and, be prepared to defend yourself and anyone or anything you love against them. They have no morality beyond their lust for power.

Marxism is a cancer in human civilization.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Interested Observer
April 24, 2021 12:59 pm

You obviously don’t know enough Groucho Marxists! We believe that life must be filled with more humor and laughter, and would never voluntarily join a club that would consider us for membership!

Of course, those others Marxists are liars, cheaters, thieves and murderers; they’re trying to follow a religion that is pretending to be an economic and political system. If people had brains like ants or termites, then their system might work. But any half intelligent human would never accept this modern “scientific” slavery by choice!

Incidentally, the fake glasses with the eyebrows and mustache are not required wear. I only wear mine on days that end in -y!

Reply to  Abolition Man
April 24, 2021 3:51 pm

We believe that life must be filled with more humor and laughter, and would never voluntarily join a club that would consider us for membership!

So these are your principles?

(but if we don’t like them, you have others . . . ?)

Reply to  Abolition Man
April 24, 2021 4:50 pm

Michael Mann and John Kerry believe climate science is so straightforward that a child of 12 without any knowledge of chemistry and physics can understand it.
As Groucho said “Somebody send out for a twelve year old (actually five year old) child!”

Reply to  Scissor
April 24, 2021 8:38 am

Isn’t it also a tenet of Islam that believers can lie to non-believers with impunity?

Noble cause corruption knows no bounds.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Mr.
April 24, 2021 9:44 am

Isn’t it also a tenet of Islam that believers can lie to non-believers with impunity?

Yes, Kitman or Taqiyya are the “holy hypocrisy” meaning ‘to hide’ or ‘to conceal’. It is the idea of deliberately concealing information for religious reasons … half truths or outright lies.

Reply to  Rory Forbes
April 24, 2021 10:00 am

Maybe Xi is a closet Muslim?

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Mr.
April 24, 2021 10:36 am

LOL … the underlying mentality is surprisingly similar. They’re both religious authoritarianism and both ideologies have a tendency to attract sociopathic leaders willing to breach all rules of human decency to maintain power.

Reply to  Mr.
April 24, 2021 1:23 pm

Uighurs are muslim. Xi is a dictator who uses the communist version of dictatorship….anything goes to maintain power…the history of the world is mostly a history of dictatorships….they come in different varieties but the bottom line is maintain power no matter what it costs. Xi understands Kimmy Jong of N. Korea.

Reply to  Anti-griff
April 24, 2021 4:28 pm

Ummm. Who has the more rational and thoughtful energy policy: Xi and his CCP or Senile Joe and HIS Dum Party comrades?

Reply to  Scissor
April 25, 2021 12:14 am

Maybe Marxism and atheism are the reasons lying to get what you want is so prevalent in most societies today, especially with the media and political realm.

Peter buchan
Reply to  Scissor
April 25, 2021 11:00 am

Scissor: “…and I wonder if this is the reason why lying is acceptable today in Chinese culture or if there is something more.”

Leaving the schoolyard naivete aside for a moment (er…the West doesn’t lie?), this post woefully misses the geo-political and macroeconomic tides at work in the world at present.

Mr Flanakin seems to be unaware that we live in an age where the US, with its hand picked allies in tow, set out to impose “Full Spectrum Dominance” (Full-spectrum dominance – Wikipedia) on the world in general, and on its (perceived) rivals in particular. No one is allowed to act or develop independently, let alone “rise”. Hence, pushback – and asymmetrically too!

For example, perhaps Mr Flanakin (and the many, seemingly willfully obtuse commentators to the thread) might take a moment, for example, to ponder what the CCP about-face regarding the Bitcoin complex was all about this past week – and what that might have in common with their apparent endorsement of net zero emissions. Spoiler alert: I assure you the two statements are related.

Why, more fuel on the US/Western self-immolation pyre, gentlemen (not that any more is needed, mind you).

Wake up and smell the 5-spice.



Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  goracle
April 24, 2021 8:06 am

Is that a figure of speech?

Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
April 24, 2021 6:53 pm

figuratively speaking, yes it is.

Tom Halla
April 24, 2021 6:12 am

The green blob claiming to trust the PRC reminds me of the old parable about the scorpion and the frog.

April 24, 2021 6:20 am

Hilarious. Dems were all hot to “protect voter information” until they had to pony up some cash and then they lost interest..

Carlo, Monte
April 24, 2021 7:38 am

Yep. That judge was brilliant—because he granted them their TRO request, I don’t see how they can now try appealing to the federal courts.

April 24, 2021 6:26 am

Surely by 2060, global temperatures will have cooled sufficiently to demolish the religious alarm about catastrophic climate change. Politicians and the Media will be struggling to explain how they got it so wrong, and China will be basking in glory because of their efficient and reliable energy supplies.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Vincent
April 24, 2021 8:47 am

We weren’t getting anything wrong at all, our predictions were based on probability calculations via our highly accurate & near perfect puter models, as our infallible weather models upon which our climate models are based, have demonstrated over & over again!!!!Reality is a complete myth, our models have proven it time & again!!!!! I site just one example, several years ago just before a Bank (public) holiday weekend, ( where the Monday becomes a public holiday) the Wet Office UK predicted an absolute washout, & consequently 10s of thousands of holiday makers stayed away, from what turned out to be one of the finest Bank Holiday weekends on record!!!!! I also recall, when a school Parent Governor, who had a bit of a thing for pyro-mania, (I love fireworks), we were all ready for the Saturday night guyfawkes firework display, the Wet Office announced that the weather was going to be terrible, all wet & windy, so I & my co-pyro-maniacs spent the whole Saturday afternoon contacting every radio station & tv station to announce the cancellation of the celebration! Turned out to be one of the finest black star-lit nights we could remember!!! I really trust those puter models!!!! The said storm actually hit around 50 mile due south!!!!

Reply to  Vincent
April 24, 2021 9:51 am

They’ll just reverse course. Again. Politicians and media will simply ignore everything they said about catastrophic, anthropologic global warming/ climate change, and express deep concern about catastrophic, anthropologic global cooling/ climate change. Anyone who points out the former panic over global warming will be told that the number of scientific articles about global cooling greatly outnumbered those about warming.

Same play book, same goals.

Reply to  Art
April 24, 2021 5:32 pm

The cooling in the 1960’s lasted only one decade or so. The current alarm about AGW has been going on for about 4 decades. The catastrophic warming predictions will be much more difficult to dismiss when/if the cooling occurs. I imagine ‘how we got it so wrong’ will become a major topic for PhD theses.

April 24, 2021 6:33 am

Why is Climate Change the only science that swings on the words of a high school dropout? How illustrious must this science be when the most significant words come from the mouth of a child?

Reply to  Spetzer86
April 24, 2021 7:05 am

It’s because the academic version is already discredited with pub mill nonsense.

Reply to  Spetzer86
April 24, 2021 7:20 am

Because it stopped being science upon the formation of the IPCC.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  co2isnotevil
April 24, 2021 8:50 am

Well, it is the “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” after all! No politics involved just pure 100% scientificy stuffy wuffy stuff!!!! I onced asked for a teeshirt but they wouldn’t send me one!!!

Ron Long
Reply to  Spetzer86
April 24, 2021 8:16 am

Because the “Doom Pixie” says what they want to hear, and, she gets to hide behind high-function Autism.

Reply to  Spetzer86
April 24, 2021 10:13 am

why are climate skeptics the only ones threatened by the opinions of a single teenager?

Rory Forbes
Reply to  griff
April 24, 2021 12:49 pm

No one is “threatened by the ideas of a single teenager”, you witless dolt. No one cares about her opinions. What concerns sensible, caring people is the cynical act of using an ignorant, mentally handicapped child as the poster girl for a fraud. It’s a gross appeal to emotion. She’ll be discarded the moment her usefulness is finished.

Abolition Man
Reply to  griff
April 24, 2021 1:05 pm

You sound like a big fan of the Hitler Youth now!
Many skeptics find anyone telling us WHAT to think offensive! I know you are used to swallowing whatever is placed in front of you, but not all of us have your standards!

Abolition Man
Reply to  griff
April 24, 2021 1:16 pm

You mean teenagers like Kyle Rittenhouse and Adam Sandmann?

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Abolition Man
April 24, 2021 1:50 pm

You’re wasting your time. The griff-ter has no idea who those kids are.

Reply to  griff
April 24, 2021 1:31 pm

Not threatened at all Griff.
Just disgusted by the maltreatment and abuse of a child with mental problems by not only her parents, but by corrupt, virtue-signaling politicians and their miscreant followers.

Reply to  griff
April 24, 2021 1:44 pm

threatened ???


Like you, she is an irrelevant , insignificant, nil-educated mindless twerp.

Reply to  griff
April 24, 2021 1:57 pm

Threatened? We all fell about laughing when she said, “How DARE you!!”.

Reply to  griff
April 24, 2021 7:56 pm

griff, you never come back here with a riposte to commenters who call out the absurdity of your positions.

The true mark of a rank troll.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Mr.
April 24, 2021 8:14 pm

Whomever is paying him isn’t getting her money’s worth.

Reply to  Spetzer86
April 24, 2021 10:55 am

That’s not the problem. The child may indeed be knowledgeable, even insightful. The problem is that in the absence of the former, a progressive reliance on em-pathetic appeal, an extortion racket.

April 24, 2021 6:56 am

It’s a lot like this:

April 24, 2021 7:03 am

China accepts cash, check, cc, or crypto in the massive process of feeding your bad public policy crusade. They see this as a void in the West that allows them to expand faster and with weaker, distracted competitors. Hang the banner from the guard towers at the forced labor camps.

April 24, 2021 7:04 am

The Chinese might be many things, but they ain’t stupid… like the gullible west.

Reply to  fretslider
April 24, 2021 1:48 pm

Yep, where do people think all this “greenie” technology will be made?

China will just keep up the facade, milking the gullible western non-government for all they can get.

Reply to  fred250
April 24, 2021 4:32 pm

China is under no moral imperative to protect the West from self-euthansia. The West is willingly- enthusiastically– committing economic suicide. It’s not just Predator Class elites. Wait until the Greenies take over from Merkel in Germany bolstered by Middle Class voters.

April 24, 2021 7:12 am

Let us join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom shared by all of us and build a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind by global institutionalized pontificating about something that doesn’t exist.

Yeah that sounds about right for the left and the phony-left.

Ken Irwin
Reply to  philincalifornia
April 24, 2021 7:23 am

Beat me to it one that – obviously lies all the way down.


Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  philincalifornia
April 24, 2021 2:48 pm

But you have to admit, Xi has a wicked sense of humour!

April 24, 2021 7:14 am

Of course China will jump on the ‘how to destroy the West’ bandwagon. China has made it crystal clear that their goal is to replace the US as the dominant economic super power in their continuing effort to mold a new world order in their image.

What better way to accomplish this than to let the ignorance of your ideological foes make them destroy themselevs. Anyone who thinks China will live up to any ‘green’ agreement doesn’t know how to think.

Bruce Cobb
April 24, 2021 7:30 am

Confucius say:
“He who promises wind
Blow lots of smoke”

Interested Observer
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 24, 2021 10:22 am

I always thought the saying was:

“He who promises wind speaks from backside.”

Reply to  Interested Observer
April 24, 2021 11:28 pm

“Xi who promises windpower
blows a lot of coal stack smoke up yours”

April 24, 2021 7:35 am

XI convincing other countries to destroy their economy while building his is a good thing for XI. The old saying is still true: You can depend on communists to be communists.

Reply to  Olen
April 24, 2021 9:01 am

Are you saying he’s been turned up to eleven?

Reply to  Mr.
April 24, 2021 1:49 pm

With extra cow-bells !

Joseph Zorzin
April 24, 2021 7:39 am

“Other journalists are equally offended by China’s apparent duplicity. “Despite pledges to cut emissions, China goes on a coal spree,” a Yale Environment360 headline proclaimed.”

That Yale site is pretty good with some interesting articles, though I don’t agree with most . I do post there frequently- several times on that article and in one, I suggested to an alarmist that he should read this blog and learn something. There, I post as “Mountain Man”. At least that Yale site allows comments- the other Yale site,, does not. I’ve emailed that site several times asking them to allow comments but they don’t bother to reply.

David A
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 25, 2021 11:44 pm

Thank you for being willing to comment at such sites. I often think we need to be more vocal in the alarmists sites.

April 24, 2021 7:42 am

Non of these countries are serious. If China, USA, EU were serious they would sign an agreement to not build anymore coal plants starting Now and instead build just Nuclear.

All politicians paint a rosy picture of the future and never tell it like it is. Trump came along told the real truth and was voted out. Many voters don’t like hearing the truth.

Not that I believe CO2 is any problem. It is just interesting to watch the politicians lie and how the green fools somehow believe them.

Andy Espersen
April 24, 2021 7:56 am

He “aims” for China to get there!! Our naive climate activists swallow it all. He is indeed a worthy politician.

April 24, 2021 8:02 am

China is preparing for the future and global cooling. They built the world’s largest coal train designed to carry 200 million tons a year from Mongolia to China …

Gordon A. Dressler
April 24, 2021 8:05 am

From the above article: Xi concluded by saying: ‘The baton of history has been passed to our generation, and we must make the right choice, a choice worthy of the people’s trust and of our times. Let us join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom shared by all of us and build a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind. Together, we can make the world a better place for everyone.’ “

WOW! I did not realize until seeing this quote that the Biden administration had given its bureaucrat-speak playbook to President-for-life Xi Jinping.

Good job guys, as with this help, the Chinese are sure to polish this art to perfection.

BTW, I likewise pledge to aim to have my CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality (Net Zero) before 2060 . . . so there!

Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
April 24, 2021 9:00 am

Xi sounds great, except he left out about the part where secret police can disappear anyone at anytime leading to death, organ harvesting, etc.

Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
April 24, 2021 10:12 am

Yep, me too, I will be 104 years old in 2060, so that will be about right for net zero. I figure I have at least 9 more years of excessive travel with truck and 5th wheel so the peak at 2030 is also about right.

Reply to  Drake
April 24, 2021 2:51 pm

xi will be 107 .

Pat Frank
April 24, 2021 8:41 am

It’s pretty obvious. Xi just expects western (pseudo)democracies to continue to behave as stupidly in the future as they have done in the past.

Especially now, with Biden on his payroll.

April 24, 2021 8:56 am

If you believe him I have a ski resort that I’m going to build in Florida that I think you would like to invest in.

April 24, 2021 9:04 am

This is the stuff that fans the claims of conspiracy theories ….. except it’s all true and there for the world to see. Typical Marxist propaganda. Announce the narrative, propagate the narrative with complicit media, demonize anyone who dares counter the narrative, squelch any dissension by controlling the media.

Rod Evans
April 24, 2021 9:08 am

Xi has a simple strategy worked out by Napoleon all those years ago.
Basically, the principle is “ Never interfere with your enemy while he is making a mistake.”
Xi will keep talking the talk and watch, as the Woke West walks the walk to economic oblivion. He does not have to do anything rash. He can just keep building his economic and military might. By 2030 he has worked out the West will be so weakened by its Woke Green advocacy, he will simply be able to just walk on stage and take full control.
I guess Mandarin classes will become very popular in the next ten years…..

Reply to  Rod Evans
April 24, 2021 11:01 am

You can learn Mandarin but you will still be placed in a military “vo-tech center” with lots of guard towers and very high fences.

April 24, 2021 9:29 am

To mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy,” is one of the first principles in war,

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Reply to  Ferdberple
April 24, 2021 10:08 am

To mystify? Xi isn’t trying to do that.

To mislead? Absolutely, he’s happy to take advantage of their delusions and lead them willingly astray.

I think Xi himself is mystified by the suicidal aims of the West, but he sees no reason not to take advantage of their stupidity.

Reply to  Art
April 26, 2021 1:37 am

Never interrupt your enemy while he’s making a mistake.

Pat from kerbob
April 24, 2021 9:31 am

Lots of discussion of how Biden is in Xi’s pocket, but he is late to the game.
Here in canada, the Liberal party has been cultivating close ties with the CCP for 5 decades, it’s basically an arm of the CCP.

It is the only explanation for why we just seem to smile and take it no matter what humiliation Xi dishes up.

This covid/great reset is the opportunity of a generation, allowing borrowing of hundreds of billions $$ to buy cheap green energy crap from China with billions sticking to fingers in all directions.

I see no way to stop it.

April 24, 2021 9:41 am

Chinese are just following Napoléon Bonaparte’s cadage :

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

April 24, 2021 9:44 am

Actions speak louder than words. Xi tells the enviro-nuts what they want to hear (and besides, it’s a communist government, therefore it must be beyond reproach) so they ignore what China is actually doing.

April 24, 2021 9:45 am

Where is China hiding its wind turbines and solar panels? I spent five years living and travelling in Beijing, Sichuan, and Jiangsu Provinces, and none.

Reply to  Graemethecat
April 24, 2021 10:16 am

Edit: insert “saw” between “and” and “none”.

Climate believer
Reply to  Graemethecat
April 24, 2021 10:38 am

Your question was probably rhetorical, but I think all their solar parks are up north in those desert type areas, a million miles away from anywhere it might be useful. I think most of their wind turbines are over that way as well.

I remember reading an article a while back that was explaining their problem with curtailment, shredding of power and general difficulties with the transmission infrastructure.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Graemethecat
April 24, 2021 6:36 pm

Lots of them around Inner Mongolia.

April 24, 2021 10:08 am

Xi Jinping can disregard the differences between his rhetoric and actions, because he, and his ally Putin, are planning a climate event that will dwarf all similar actions in the past. They are planning World War III that will start with nukes. They don’t believe in MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). Therefore we need to put aside our belief in MAD, think the way they do, so we can prepare for what’s coming.

When will that happen? I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens this summer. China had disastrous agricultural losses last year, so they need to act before their people revolt because of hunger.

Let’s be real. Taiwan is not their big prize. The only place that has the crop land that they want is the U.S. Further, they need to defeat us militarily first. After that, they can take Taiwan as mopping up.

Russia wants western Europe. Even as I write this, they are massing tanks and military vehicles on Ukraine’s eastern border, preparing for a thrust westward. Western Europe has largely disarmed. They are now waking up to their danger, but it’s too late if Putin strikes this summer.

Reply to  R.O.
April 24, 2021 1:53 pm

The only place that has the crop land that they want is the U.S.

Australia. !!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  fred250
April 24, 2021 2:55 pm

Nowhere near enough crop land. We don’t grow enough for ourselves, I believe, and there are not many of us.

Unfortunately, the rain mainly falls on the coast (not the plain), so we can’t use most of it. With cheap electricity and desal, we might have a chance.

Reply to  fred250
April 24, 2021 4:02 pm

Accessible, limited good crop land in Oz is increasingly being subsumed by wind and solar farms.

Lots & lots of arid desert land to try out edible crops though.

Joel O'Bryan
April 24, 2021 10:08 am

Emperor Xi is playing Dementia Joe and the rest of western baizou climate bedwetters like a cheap fiddle. He has no intention of carrying through with those commitments. Even if he wanted to, it is impossible for China to meet carbon neutrality by 2060, unless than start building nuclear power generators like they building coal-fired power plants today.

Then you gotta ask the obvious question, “Where do they intend to get all that uranium?” Especially when everyone else in the world will have to go full-on nuclea power by then.
The obvious uranium source is Australia, which holds by a large margin the world’s known uranium reserves. And like Imperial Japan of the 1930’s 1940’s, Emperor Xi and his successors likely have no intention of being at the baizou Australian government’s mercy for those critical energy resources they will need for their expanding empire.

Mr. Lee
April 24, 2021 10:19 am

 “Let us join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom shared by all of us and build a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind. Together, we can make the world a better place for everyone.”

Reminds me of Brer Rabbit. Xi was born and raised in a leftist patch!

April 24, 2021 10:49 am

Sure, maybe, probably, unlikely. You do it, and we’ll sell you the rope. So green.

David L. Hagen
April 24, 2021 11:10 am

China commits to the greatest INCREASE in coal fired power – to the maximum energy/capita desired – Then allow its declining population to create “Peak CO2” by 2030! China is building 247 GW more coal power. While keeping people focused on “Net Neutral” by 2060 – long after all China’s current leaders are dead!

Reply to  David L. Hagen
April 24, 2021 12:24 pm

xi will only be 107 by 2060 . he’s really gonna regret it if china hasn’t reached net zero .

April 24, 2021 11:12 am

Talk is cheap, China gives us a little lip service and says what the greenies want to hear and then China will do whatever China wants to, while we idiots in the west strangle our economies. As they say Stupid is as Stupid does.

Walter Sobchak
April 24, 2021 1:12 pm

We are so boned.

Joel O'Bryan
April 24, 2021 1:46 pm

An article on China and the CCP that many here at WUWT should read is here:

The CCP is preparing for big celebrations starting 1 July to mark 100th anniversary of the CCP.

CCP-related and nationaistic pride propaganda films are being ordered by the CCP to be shown from then to the end of the year. They are prepping the population with nationalistic patriotism that is commonly seen before a government undertakes a war that will lead to internal control and measures and economic hardships for the economy.

Keep in mind, China has now fully suppressed remaining dissent in HongKong. The Uighurs are still toiling away in slave labor camps in western China, and western companies are ignoring it. The only piece that is still missing in this 100 Anniversary celebration is a re-united Taiwan.
Emperor Xi understands that the military arms sales from the US to Taiwan that were negotiated under the TrumpAdmin, arms sales that the Biden Admin seems content to continue with, and if they are allowed to happen over the next 3 years, will make Chinese PLA plans to take Taiwan by military unachieveable without extrmely high costs. Thus I fully expect that Xi understands he has a closing military option window of opportunity to invade Taiwan. I expect this invasion will happen much sooner than many people expect, and it will first kick off with China seizing the Tawiwanese Island of Donsha Island, which is actually much closer to mainland China than it is to Taiwan, making its defense from take-over nearly impossible given the on-going practice flights that Chinese naval and air force assetts have been conducting regularly now. Taiwan’s continuing independence from CCP rule now is a huge thorn in the side to Chinese communist party nationalism. I expect Emperor Xi to be addressing that “problem” soon, as in on or before 1 July.

Zig Zag Wanderer
April 24, 2021 2:42 pm

values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom shared by all of us

You have to admit, Xi has a well-developed sense of humour!

April 24, 2021 3:41 pm

 China is also financing billions of dollars’ worth of coal-fired power plants in African, Asian and other “developing” nations.”

A suspicious mind would question democrat plans to refuse loans for fossil fuel energy dependent factories and generating plants as perhaps intentionally playing into communist China plans.

April 24, 2021 3:53 pm
April 24, 2021 4:25 pm

It’s no secret the Chinese are building 460 more coal fired units (so far) increasing the fleet to nearly 3500 in the short term. That’s baked into the most recent Five Year Plan. The entire CCP was mobilized around implementing the Five Year Plan with the entire agenda set in stone.

(By contrast the US has about 550 coal units and shrinking fast).

China’s newly released Five Year Plan is hell bent on “independence”… in the energy sector that means a switch to EVs to be powered by national coal and nuclear reserves, along with hydrogen, a by product from China’s huge chemical sector. Together, these national resources will replace oil imports from vulnerable Middle East sources. That’s the Master Plan and Beijing is not of a mind to rescind that vision.

Meanwhile, in 2019 China slashed Green Tech investment by 40%. Green tech is for export.
It’s in China’s interest to hand-wave about Renewables even if they’re doing the opposite. A cynic would think they’re encouraging the West to commit economic suicide, although Beijing is very clear of their intention to increase CO2 emissions until at least 2030. And yes, one might infer that Yi and his CPP comrades could be tagged as “cliamat skeptics”.

April 24, 2021 4:35 pm

Xi Jinping knows that by 2030 or near then, either the World will have forgotten about its CO2 obsession or China will have bought up so much of the World that they will control the whole affair. The West will have bigger things to worry about than a little CO2.

April 24, 2021 6:06 pm

Effective working like of a power station?

Minimum of 50 years, well maintained 80 years and more.

China “net zero” must be a Macheivellian Plot?

What does Confucius say?

Reply to  Dennis
April 24, 2021 10:35 pm

Confucius say: Man who chew on computer get bad bytes!

Steve Z
April 26, 2021 8:52 am

Dictator Xi has a lot in common with former President Trump–they both act in the best interest of their own countries. So when Xi is dealing with the greenie-weenies from other countries, he’ll tell them what they want to hear, but behind their backs his countrymen continue to build coal-fired power plants, and who is going to stop them? At least Trump was smart enough to figure out that if China won’t cut its emissions, why should we?

The increase in CO2 emissions from China over the past 20 years is greater than the total emissions from the United States, so that global emissions would continue to increase even if the USA went to carbon-zero tomorrow. So what’s the point of cutting CO2 emissions? Why not simply adapt to an atmosphere with more CO2 in it, and whatever trivial changes to the climate that may occur? At least we could keep the lights on, and our homes warm!

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