Coal barge sailing along the Three gorges region of Yangtze river in China

L A Times Publishes Beijing-Funded Propaganda, Conceals China’s Massive Coal Use & Emissions

Guest Essay by Larry Hamlin

The L. A. Times regularly runs a paid insert in its Sunday Edition called China Watch which is characterized by other news agencies as being Beijing-Funded Propaganda with the latest edition of China Watch shown below.

This practice by the L A Times has been addressed in other news publications as noted in the article below from the Daily Caller which notes the Times has received over $650,000 for publishing this propaganda as of July 2020.

This latest edition of China Watch hypes China’s efforts at wind power but makes no mention of China’s huge and growing use of coal fuel that makes that nation the leading global emissions producer accounting for 29% of all global CO2 emissions as of  2019.

The subject of China’s massive emissions is never addressed by the L A Times that is constantly harping for more emissions reductions by the U.S. while completely ignoring and concealing the massive and growing emissions by China that have increased by over 3.7 billion metric tons since 2005 while the U.S. was reducing its emissions by over 900 million metric tons during this same period. 

China’s emissions climbed dramatically since 2005 because it increased its coal use by over 47% during this period while the U.S. reduced its coal use by just over 50%. 

The U.S. CO2 reductions were primarily achieved by increased use of lower cost, higher efficiency and lower emission natural gas obtained through fracking to replace higher emission coal fuel. 

According to EIA increased use of natural gas accounted for about 62% of the U.S. emission reductions since 2005. EIA data shows that between 2005 and 2019 U.S. cumulative CO2 reductions from fuel substitution of natural gas replacing high emission coal fuel resulted in 3.4 billion metric tons in CO2 reductions. 

The L A Times has never addressed this huge natural gas driven CO2 emissions reduction benefit and in fact endorses Biden’s and the Democratic Party’s energy and emissions incompetent war against use of lower cost, higher efficiency and lower emission natural gas obtained through use of fracking technology.  

The huge CO2 emission reduction benefits of using natural gas are demonstrated by the U.S. emissions reduction chart shown below. Even more significant is the fact that U.S. CO2 emissions reductions will be sustained well into the future because of increased use of natural gas with the U.S. having ceased increasing global emissions at all since 2005 while sustaining a reduction of nearly 1 billion metric tons from its peak CO2 emissions levels. 

The L A Times conceals the enormously beneficial fuel substitution and emission reductions outcomes achieved by natural gas and demands that Americans pay trillions in increased costs to further reduce emissions so China can continue to hugely increase its emissions because of its ever upward growing use of fossil fuels. 

The Times dishonestly claims that the U.S. must increase its use of high-cost unreliable renewables by making the absurd argument that these reductions will “fight climate change” while fully knowing that global emissions will only continue to climb ever upward because of China and the other developing nations increased energy and emissions growth.  

China’s huge growth in CO2 emissions (measured in billions of metric tons) is shown in the graph below. The reduction in U.S. emissions since 2005 in clearly displayed with China’s increased emissions easily swallowing up these reductions. China’s year 2019 emissions are nearly twice those of the U.S.

China’s increased coal fuel use and rising emissions not only dominate emissions outcomes relative to the U.S. they dominate emissions outcomes relative to the entire world’s emissions as shown below (measured in billions of metric tons of CO2) with China and India’s ever sharply rising emissions controlling all global emissions increases since 2005.

China’s uses staggering amounts of coal fuel as a part of the Asia/Pacific region of the world as shown in the graph below with China accounting for about 67% of that regions total coal fuel use. The Asia/Pacific region dominates use of coal fuel and consumes over 77% of all global coal use. 

China uses 2.5 times more coal fuel than all 37 nations that make up the world’s developed countries (OECD nations include the U.S. and EU), uses more than 7.2 times more coal than the U.S., obtains about 58% of its total energy use from coal (compared to U.S. coal use of about 12% of its total energy) and accounts for more than 51% of all coal fuel used in the world. 

These massive coal fuel use numbers compare to the reality that China’s uses wind and solar for only about 4% of its total energy needs while the U.S. uses wind and solar for about 5.2% of its total energy. 

China’s electricity relies on coal fuel for about 65% of its total electricity while the U.S. uses coal fuel for only about 24% of its total electricity with further opportunities to increase its use of natural gas and reduce future coal use. The Asia/Pacific region electricity needs are hugely derived by use of coal (diagram below) compared to North America’s electricity needs that rely predominantly on lower cost, higher efficiency and lower emission natural gas as well as nuclear.

China uses its renewable energy advocacy schemes as political propaganda to try and conceal its massive and growing use of coal and other fossil fuel. The L A Times contributes to this propaganda fiction by its failure to address China and the other developing nations dominance in global CO2 emissions driven by coal and other fossil fuel use and by concealing the huge emission reduction benefits achieved by the U.S. because of increased use of natural gas.

Not only do China and India (and other developing nations) dominate present global energy and emissions use these nations as leaders of the world’s developing nations have clearly announced plans for further growth of coal and other fossil fuels use in the future with the L A Times concealing this clearly established reality.

In the pandemic year of 2020 China actually increased its coal fuel use and generated 53% of the world’s coal-fired powered more than nine percentage points higher than five years earlier and saw its coal-fired generation rise by 1.7 percent.

Additionally, China added 38.4 GW of new coal-fired projects in 2020 more than three times the amount built by the rest of the world and approved 46.1 GW of new coal-fired projects more than the previous three years combined. 

Furthermore China has taken on the role of promoting increased use of coal fuel in the future by partnering with other developing nations as noted below and provides financing, engineering, construction and operation services to aid these projects.

Coal accounts for 56 percent of electricity generation in Indonesia, 34.3 percent in Vietnam and 29.3 percent in Cambodia.      

India is also increasing its use of coal fuel to supply growth for its energy sector as noted in the article below.

As the article notes India is going ahead with commercial coal mine auctions where 67 mines across the country were offered for auction to support future increased coal power plants, is constructing 36.6 GW of new plants and has plans for an additional 29.3 GW of coal plants in the pipeline. 

These actions and plans reflect that these nations are growing their economies and will be significantly increasing their fossil energy production capabilities to support these growth objectives as noted in the graph below reflecting that energy consumption will increase significantly in these growing developing nations while remaining stable in the US and EU.

Biden, the Democratic Party, the L A Times and other ill-informed climate alarmists are completely out of touch with global energy and emissions realities with their incompetent schemes mandating that the U.S. destroy its economy while reducing emissions here at the cost of trillions of dollars so that developing nations can continue to significantly increase both their fossil energy use and resulting emissions while significantly growing their economies. 

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Tom Halla
May 28, 2021 6:07 pm

So the LA Times are total hacks? As if that is news?
Being a sellout is common practice for the legacy media, as is rationalizing it.

Reply to  Tom Halla
May 28, 2021 6:45 pm

Maybe China already owns LA Times, NYT, CNN, etc.

Tom Halla
Reply to  John Shewchuk
May 28, 2021 6:51 pm

It is that they are for rent, if not sale, to the highest bidder.

Bill Powers
Reply to  John Shewchuk
May 29, 2021 8:08 am

Don’t need to own them. He who can call the loan directs the lender.

The Chinese Communists hold so much of the U.S. Debt that our Faceless Cultural Elite, who own 98% of U.S. Wealth, control the Bureaucracy thanks in large part to owning the politicians and propaganda rags

The FCE are willing to concede silent partnership position to the CCP in exchange for not dumping our Debt on the world market and replacing the dollar with the Yuan as the worlds trade currency which would create devastating losses for our wealth holders.

May 28, 2021 6:43 pm

Why doesn’t the LA Times report on China’s rapidly expanding Coal and Nuclear energy programs …

Rory Forbes
Reply to  John Shewchuk
May 28, 2021 7:03 pm

I think you might consider that the CCP figures significantly into their advertising budget as it does with most of the “legacy” media outlets. The CCP don’t need to buy them. They just need to buy loyalty.

May 28, 2021 7:01 pm

I am petitioning the Canadian government to install a wind farm along 200-300 km on the west side if the Glacier Parkway between Banff and Jasper. I think it will match the Rockies

Robert A. Taylor
Reply to  Pauleta
May 29, 2021 2:01 pm

I take that as sarcasm.

May 28, 2021 7:58 pm

There is one essential commodity that the Chinese Communist Party is NEVER going to run out of –
Westerner Useful Idiots.

May 28, 2021 8:05 pm

The LA Times went on record saying it would not print any letters to the editor that were contrary to the AGW dogma. It also doesn’t print any articles that question the science or facts behind the AGW narrative. A couple of years ago the LA Times was purchased by Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Chinese descendant from South Africa. We get a propaganda insert weekly in the LA Times that extols the virtues of China. Who says Communism ideology isn’t spreading right under our noses?

May 28, 2021 8:12 pm

The subject of China’s massive emissions is never addressed by the L A Times that is constantly harping for more emissions reductions by the U.S. while completely ignoring and concealing the massive and growing emissions by China that have increased by over 3.7 billion metric tons since 2005 while the U.S. was reducing its emissions by over 900 million metric tons during this same period. “

Our emissions started dropping because Clinton gave China PNTR around the end of 2000. This is just about the time China’s CO2 emissions peaked sharply upwards. We lost millions of good paying jobs because of Clinton (and the Republican congress also was with Clinton on this), THIS is the main reason why our emission started dropping.

Reply to  kramer
May 28, 2021 8:55 pm

“…THIS is the main reason why our emission started dropping.” I thought it was because we started replacing coal with natural gas. Yes, off shoring our manufacturing contributed but not as much as the switch to gas.

Robert A. Taylor
Reply to  markl
May 29, 2021 2:08 pm

Yes, but we also replaced our manufacturing jobs with Chinese, and other, imports. Chinese CO2 emissions that go into producing exports should be credited / debited to the importing nation.

May 28, 2021 8:52 pm

Labor and environmental arbitrage with “benefits”.

David Hartley
May 28, 2021 11:27 pm

My take on China is that it is a strong Centrally planned economy not a Communist one per se.

However if we’re extolling the virtues of using affordable energy how can we criticise them?

Reply to  David Hartley
May 29, 2021 5:24 am

The CCP is the central planner, which indeed is communist, though with elements of Fascism, and with other tyrannical tendencies.

One might readily understand China’s use of its coal resources from affordability aspects, but its deficiency of use of emission controls for Hg, SOx and NOx, particulates, etc. and outright lying about this is worthy of its derision.

China should be criticized for its use of slave labor, subjugation of its citizens, ethnic cleaning, forced abortion and organ harvesting, etc. Its unfair trade practices and military expansion and general bullying of its neighbors and its overt desire to take over the world and its wide-spread use of bribery and criminal practice is worrisome.

In the past year and a half, most everyone has suffered the effects of the spread of COVID-19, intentionally released or not, that was made worse by China’s lies and cover up.

Steve Richards
May 29, 2021 12:39 am

So trump was right, fake news!

Joseph Zorzin
May 29, 2021 4:26 am

China’s emissions are so high because it’s the workshop of the world. The emissions associated with exported products should be counted as emissions by the nations that import those products. The same of course with the exports from any nation to any nation. The consumer must be held responsible- not that I consider carbon emissions to be a problem because I don’t- just saying- if we’re going to track numbers I think it’s better accounting.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
May 29, 2021 5:28 am

The consumer should be made aware that Chinese goods are produced under prison/slave labor conditions. Unfortunately, “news” outlets like the LA Times are complicit.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Scissor
May 29, 2021 6:18 am

I bet most people don’t care how or by whom products are made.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
May 29, 2021 7:44 am

“The emissions associated with exported products should be counted as emissions by the nations that import those products.” Correct! That would negate the need to send manufacturing out of your country! It would also negate the need to ship finished products to the end user saving even more fossil fuels. A win-win for everyone but the cabal that wants to control production.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
May 29, 2021 8:14 am

Uh, no. Per GDP, China produces almost twice as much CO2 as the US. If it was actually important to the Chinese to control CO2 emissions they would be building more nuclear power plants and fewer coal plants. But it obviously isn’t important. However, they have been successful with their propoganda convincing many poorly informed people that they’re leading the way to renewables – with the help of the dishonest main stream media in the US and other places.

Cliff Hiilton
May 29, 2021 5:48 am

Huangpu River runs through Shanghia. Rarely are there photos of coal barges posted online. Stand there and admire downtown and you won’t be able to get a snapshot of downtown without two coal barges making their way to the coal fired plants.

Thomas Gasloli
May 29, 2021 5:59 am

Beijing knows what it is doing. They are encouraging the stupid US to deindustrialize so China makes everything Americans need. China gets richer and more powerful while the US becomes poor and weak. The Chinese empire expands while the senile US empire fades away by irreversible internal decline.

As the saying goes: sell them the rope by which they hang themselves.

Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
May 29, 2021 10:57 am

Aided and abetted by the environmentalists and “living wage” advocates.

May 29, 2021 10:06 am


May 29, 2021 10:52 am

The LA TIMES, in their Sunday editions, regularly carry The China Daily as an insert…the CCP also has newstands for China Daily at the UCLA campus. They’re not even hiding anymore.

May 29, 2021 11:25 am

In all fairness, it is not “The LA Times” saying any of this. The newspaper insert – magazine or whatever it is — is clearly marked just below the masthead:

“This supplement is printed and distributed in select areas by the Los Angeles Times Media Group. It does not involve the editorial staff of the Los Angeles Times.”

The statement is bolded and in a separately colored quote box.

Thus, it is clearly a paid for “supplement” — an advertisement –which the Los Angeles Times Media Group has been paid to include when delivering the newspaper — much the same as your local grocery-store weekly advertising insert.

As always, it is Reader Beware.

In other words, readers, listeners, must be w]aware and pay close attention to what they read or hear.

May 29, 2021 5:10 pm

Will the NYT place a reward poster for that imported frozen seafood that caused COVID19?

May 29, 2021 8:25 pm

Could be that Biden himself is the victim here trapped in what they call “elite consensus politics”. Please see

Tom Abbott
May 30, 2021 4:50 am

This should not be a surprise. The Leftwing Media are essentially the Propaganda Organ for the Democrat Party, and it’s not a big stretch for them to become the Propaganda Organ for the Chicoms, too, since the Democrats and the Chicoms share the same authoritarian philosophy. Both of them want to undermine and destroy the United States.

May 30, 2021 5:27 am

Climate action needs to be a globally coordinated program to reduce global emissions. The climate heroism of nation states isn’t going to do it.

Please see

Edward Katz
May 31, 2021 6:15 pm

What’s particularly irksome about China’s and India’s increasing coal consumption is the tendency for Western governments to ignore them while exhorting their own citizens to make big lifestyle changes to combat the climate change “problem”.

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