Biden’s Secretary of Energy say’s U.S. can “learn” from China on Climate Change

Larry Hamlin

Biden’s Secretary of Energy say’s U.S. can “learn” from China on Climate Change

In a clear demonstration of the colossal arrogance, incompetence and incoherence of the Biden’s administrations understanding of the reality of global energy use his clueless Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm at a recent conference praised China’s efforts (as shown below) to tackle climate change and claimed that the U.S. can “learn” from what China is doing.

One Republican attending the conference exposed the complete absurdity of Secretary Granholm’s claims by noting:

“Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, added that China “is the world’s top polluter” and said the Biden administration should “stop taking China’s lies at face value & hold them accountable.”

The International Energy Agency (IEA) last year issued a report showing that year 2022 global CO2 emissions had rebounded to their highest levels and blamed increased coal use as the main driving factor for the increase as highlighted in their report.

Coal is dominant in driving China’s energy use as well as the energy use of all the nations that make up the developing nations identified as the non-OECD nations. 

Coal does not dominate U.S. energy use so perhaps Secretary of Energy Granholm was suggesting that we adopt more coal in our country’s energy mix based on “learning” from China’s example. 

The BP year 2022 Statistical Review of World Energy has links available that provide extraordinary detail regarding world energy use and emissions over the period from 1965-2021 as shown below from their report.

The BP report shows how fossil fuels dominate global energy consumption and how insignificant renewable energy remains despite decades mandating trillions of dollars in global subsidies for increased use of unreliable renewable energy as shown below.

The BP report establishes that China consumes over 53% of all global coal energy use (86.17 exajoules vs 160.10 exajoules) and in fact uses more coal than all other nations of the world combined. 

Additionally, coal accounted for over 54% China’s total year 2022 total energy use mix (86.17 exajoules versus 157.65 exajoules) with China’s use of coal having climbed by over 55% since (86.17 exajoules versus 55.46 exajoules) 2005.

The BP data shows that in year 2022 the worlds developing nations accounted of over 81% of all global energy (130.41 exajoules versus 160.10 exajoules) coal use. 

The IEA report shows that coal accounts for over 42% of all global year 2022 CO2 emissions by far the most of any energy use fuel even though coal use only represents about 27% of total global fuel (160.10 exajoules versus 595.15 exajoules) use.

The U.S. use of coal accounted for only about 11% of its total year 2022 energy consumption (10.57 exajoules versus 92.97 exajoules) and in fact the U.S. has reduced coal energy use by over 53% since (10.57 exajoules versus 22.85 exajoules) 2005. 

Apparently, Secretary of Energy Granholm might find these comparisons disturbing because they show the U.S. has not “learned” to use more coal by following China’s example. 

Also, apparently Secretary of Energy Granholm believes that using more coal is the most effective way to fight climate change because it follows China’s example.      

The IEA published report provides data which clearly shows that China is the biggest driver by far of increasing global CO2 emissions while the U.S., EU and Japan have been consistently reducing CO2 emissions for decades.

How the United States Secretary of Energy could be so incompetent about global energy use and emissions when readily available energy use and emissions data clearly establish that for decades China has been the leading driver of increased global coal use and global CO2 emissions is completely inexcusable and an embarrassment for the Biden Administration and the U.S.

Additionally, EIA data shows that the future for increased global energy use includes growth in coal and other fossil fuels as noted in a recent WUWT article shown below regardless of what the misguided political buffoons pushing mandated net zero and renewable energy use political propaganda falsely promote.


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John the Econ
March 13, 2023 2:11 pm

The only thing I can see to be learned from China is how easy it is to seduce western Progressives to surrender their economies in exchange for nothing the name of eco-virtue signalling.

Bryan A
Reply to  John the Econ
March 13, 2023 3:30 pm

The U.S. absolutely can learn from China WRT Climate Change…

Last edited 14 days ago by Bryan A
Reply to  Bryan A
March 14, 2023 6:20 am

burn baby burn

Bryan A
Reply to  travis
March 14, 2023 11:04 am

This Coal Inferno

Reply to  John the Econ
March 13, 2023 4:08 pm

What do you mean nothing? I’ve got this plastic thingy that looks like chrome, twinkles and makes noises.

Joseph Zorzin
March 13, 2023 2:18 pm

“U.S. can “learn” from China on Climate Change”
Oh, OK- then we’ll crank up the old coal burners! /sarc

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 13, 2023 2:29 pm


Curious George
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 13, 2023 4:50 pm

The /sarc tag is a mistake. Long Live COAL is the Chinese message.

Bryan A
Reply to  Curious George
March 13, 2023 7:29 pm

Any country that doesn’t proudly use coal for energy but rather vilifies it’s use internally is truly hypocritical if they sell it to other countries and outsource the associated CO2 production associated with it

March 13, 2023 2:18 pm

Joey Biden sez much of the global warming is Trump’s and the Repube’s fault…in fact he sez everything bad is due to them and everything good is due to Joey…and Hunter…..see?

DD More
Reply to  antigtiff
March 13, 2023 8:53 pm

But “emissions data clearly establish that for decades China has been the leading driver of increased global coal use and global CO2 emissions is completely inexcusable and an embarrassment for the Biden Administration and the U.S.”

But China is just doing what they promised Obama in 2014. From the FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation

At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030.

In political spin talk, China will grow CO2 at the rate they want till 2030, then will increase the mix of non-fossil fuel (think nuclear power, thorium reactors & hydro growth of 3X the size of the Gorges Dam). Their planned growth doesn’t need what the West considers ‘renewables’. If you actually look at China Power future growth plan, Obama gave away the store to get exactly what China was planning to do anyway.
And they hit 22% Hydro since 2015.

Tom Halla
March 13, 2023 2:24 pm

They needed someone to make Pete Buttigieg look competent?

Reply to  Tom Halla
March 13, 2023 2:51 pm

President Badun does not select staff on the basis of competency but rather do they tick the right woke boxes, hence you have Mayor Pete and this lunatic. We have loonies of our own.

Reply to  Nansar07
March 13, 2023 4:22 pm

Given all the red flags around the Biden administration, one might conclude it’s owned by the CCP.

Bryan A
Reply to  Scissor
March 13, 2023 7:31 pm

Jinping’s right hand man…Jo Baiden

March 13, 2023 2:27 pm

“The BP report establishes that China consumes over 53% of all global coal energy use (86.17 exajoules vs 160.10 exajoules) and in fact uses more coal than all other nations of the world combined.’

Duh – 53% is more than all the other nations.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 13, 2023 3:13 pm

Many are math challenged.

Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 14, 2023 3:03 pm

yaa but,

… ‘consumes over 53% (as) energy‘ & in fact

uses more coal than all other…’

2 different animals, included together to try to make a stronger impact statement.

Gunga Din
March 13, 2023 2:33 pm

China is building more and more COAL fired powered plants.
So, yes, we should learn from China.
Do that, along with other fossil-fuels (with nuclear) to produce cheap energy and maybe we’ll be the ones selling them cheap solar panels!

John Oliver
March 13, 2023 2:41 pm

I am reminded of a documentary I saw years ago about one the attorneys that was assigned to represent Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg. He said what really shocked him after interviewing many of the defendants was how incredibly average to mediocre they were intellectually. They were not the “evil genius” of a Novel, comic book or a Bond movie. Just a pack fools, thugs and bullies that knew the power of propaganda and fear.

Reply to  John Oliver
March 14, 2023 6:23 am

good commentary on todays elites

John V. Wright
March 13, 2023 2:42 pm

The incompetence is, indeed, staggering. Has she not been challenged by journalists about this extraordinary statement? Surely this is a major news story.

Bryan A
Reply to  John V. Wright
March 13, 2023 7:34 pm

The incompetence is necessary though as to demonstrate the True Sage wisdom of the Rotifer

Reply to  John V. Wright
March 14, 2023 11:04 am

“Journalists” today have been indoctrinated by their colleges and universities to “change the world”. Critical thinking and digging for verifiable facts are anathema to such stenographers for the “elite”.

Rud Istvan
March 13, 2023 2:43 pm

I used to think pothole Pete Buttigieg was the most incompetent pResident Biden cabinet member—West Coast shipping snafu, racist highways, derailments, and such. Nope, Energy Secretary Granholm just reset the incompetence level even lower. Stolen elections have serious consequences.

Semirelated note, Biden just enraged the Greens by approving the North Slope Willow project after promising the Greens during the election no more federal land oil and gas drilling. But he had no choice (foolish promise). Conoco leased the drilling rights legally in 1999, and had Biden disapproved would have promptly lost in court, as the federal leasing rights law is very clear and specific.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 13, 2023 4:45 pm

Also, since this oil is to be transported in the Alaskan Pipeline, if his administration did not approve the drilling, and fought it in court, when the pipeline shut down due to insufficient oil to keep it functioning, there would be almost no way the MSM could blame that on the Republicans, although they would surely try.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
March 13, 2023 4:54 pm

ConocoPhillips pointed out they still need all the other permits and approvals to get the oil to market. Without those this is just show.

D. Anderson
March 13, 2023 3:00 pm

Only a doctrinaire leftist can look at China as a good example of anything. ESPECALLY their relationship with the environment. THEY ARE DESPOILERS of the environment in a magnitude never seen before.

Reply to  D. Anderson
March 13, 2023 4:49 pm

I think the old USSR were every bit as bad. Russia may still be.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  Drake
March 13, 2023 5:32 pm

Trashing the Aral Sea is a good an example of that. They would have trashed it today, even if it were actually in Russia instead of in Uzbekistan/Kazakhstan.

Jeff Alberts
March 13, 2023 3:53 pm

Corrected opening sentence:

In a clear demonstration of the colossal arrogance, incompetence, and incoherence of the Biden administration’s understanding of the reality of global energy use, his clueless Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, at a recent conference praised China’s efforts (as shown below) to tackle climate change and claimed that the U.S. can “learn” from what China is doing.

Louis Hunt
March 13, 2023 3:57 pm

Secretary Granholm is giving China credit for what they say they will do in the distant future, not for what they are actually doing today. Its all for show. Are all Progressives this easily fooled? If I have the largest carbon footprint on the planet and promise to lower it in a decade or two, will Granholm call me a model citizen that others can learn from? It’s clear that virtue signaling is more important than reality to these shallow idiots.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  Louis Hunt
March 13, 2023 5:38 pm

Surely she is giving them political credit for saying the right thing even if they aren’t doing it. I mean, the lady must have an IQ up in the triple digits.

March 13, 2023 4:49 pm

She screwed up Michigan. But the GOP has done nothing to correct all the bad she did.

Reply to  mkelly
March 13, 2023 5:35 pm

Michigan lost more jobs and people in her eight years as Governor than any other state over the same period. Her successor as Governor, Rick Snyder (R) stopped the bleeding. Unfortunately, the bleeding has restarted now that we have Gretchen Whitmer (D).

Reply to  mohatdebos
March 13, 2023 9:19 pm

Just helps to prove that the progressives can screw things up to the point that the damage can’t be repaired?

Walter Sobchak
March 13, 2023 5:37 pm

Build lots of brand new coal fired plants. Works for me.

March 13, 2023 6:43 pm

I live in a pretty simple world, she wants us to follow China’s lead fine let’s build a bunch of coal plants starting tomorrow. I can’t understand how knuckleheads like her keep their jobs.

Reply to  Bob
March 13, 2023 9:20 pm

They don’t send nasty tweets.

March 13, 2023 8:07 pm

Granholm’s career follows a normal Democrat pattern. After leaving an elected position (governor of Michigan) she’s put in a progressive warehouse (Cal Berkely) as an instructor in the law school so she can be available for the next progressive administration. This is what academia is all about, an adjunct to the progressive movement.

March 13, 2023 10:50 pm

Biden’s Secretary of Energy say’s U.S. can “learn” from China on Climate Change

If by that she means to say one thing and do the other, I agree.

Dean S
March 13, 2023 11:43 pm

Pffft Facts.

joe x
March 14, 2023 3:16 am

as of this post there have been 37 comments and not one troll has appeared to defend granholm. that’s how bad she is.

March 14, 2023 5:26 am

I sincerely hope they would. In this way the unreliables would be phased out completely and the stability of the grid wouldn’t be questioned.
But they will take the worst of what China is doing instead, and implement it here.
Chinese government is an oppressive, autocratic regime. No doubt about it in my mind. So of course the petty tyrants here love it.

This is why they are praising China (and trying to ho to war with it simultaneously) on all fronts. They are incoherent because we are ruled by midwits and they form factions that fight all the time.

March 14, 2023 6:19 am

It is worse than CO2 emissions. I have worked on the design of Chinese coal fired power plants. They install all of the equipment to reduce particulate, SO2, and NOx emissions. They install the cheapest equipment that they can and then install a bypass around the equipment. They start up the Power Plant with all of the equipment operating. Then they bypass all of the equipment designed to reduce emissions. So we are getting additional SO2, NOx and particulate emissions as well as CO2 emissions.

March 14, 2023 8:43 am

Lets be less hypocritical about China and it’s energy consumption, and assign to the US and Europe a proportion of that consumption that accounts for their outsourcing of production to China.

Mark Luhman
March 14, 2023 7:31 pm

As Ron White puts it, “you can’t fix stupid. When people occupy places of power because of check boxes rather than merit you get a lot of stupid.

March 14, 2023 7:56 pm

I have to agree, the US most definitely can learn from what China is doing about climate change…nothing. They’re ignoring it, paying lip service at best. The US should do likewise.

March 15, 2023 5:40 am

Slave labor camps, coal plants, more coal, affordable nuclear, world’s largest hydropower dam complex, and non-sinking, militarized islands in the South China Sea.

Granholm assumes idiots are the audience.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
March 15, 2023 6:46 am

Granholm’s audience is the average US Citizen. That’s usually a safe assumption.

March 15, 2023 5:58 am

Right Jenn, and China now exceeds France in the game of end runs around international sanctions (against Russian imperial expansion in this case).

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