L A Times Hypes “Green China” the World’s Champ of Global Coal Use & CO2 Emissions While Demanding U.S. Declare a “Climate Emergency”

L A Times Hypes “Green China” the World’s Champ of Global Coal Use & CO2 Emissions While Demanding U.S. Declare a “Climate Emergency”

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin

The L A Times has been publishing a section in its newspaper for years called China Watch which tries to portray China as “green” as discussed in a prior WUWT article here.

The August 20th, 2023 Edition of the Sunday L A Times ridiculously juxtaposed two articles in this papers edition by hyping praise for China in its latest China Watch Section for its “Home on the Range” article headline addressing a “Green Push Benefits” project in a Mongolian Province as noted in the two photos shown below while also demanding in its Editorial Section that Biden declare a “Climate Emergency” for the U.S. as shown in the Times editorial below.

According to Energy Institute year 2022 data the U.S. has reduced its use of coal since 2005 by 57% (predominantly by switching to use of lower emissions, high efficiency and lower cost natural gas which Democrats have tried to impede) while China increased its already dominate coal use by 58% during this same time period thus further establishing its title as the world’s champion global coal burning nation by consuming 54.75 percent of all worldwide coal use. 

U.S. year 2022 coal consumption is now only about 6% of global coal useThe Times makes no mention of China’s massive and growing use of coal which is far and away the dirtiest of all CO2 emissions energy consumption fuels.

Additionally, the world’s non-OECD nations led by China and India have increased coal use since 2005 by over 175% and now account for over 82% of all the world’s consumption of coal. 

This huge and still rapidly growing growth in coal use consumption accounts for why the non-OECD nations are responsible for over 66% of all year 2022 global CO2 emissions and why the U.S. reduced CO2 emissions since 2005 by over 1 billion metric tons while the non-OECD nations increased CO2 emissions by over 8.2 billion metric tons during this same period.

The L A Times conceals this readily available data regarding energy use consumption and emissions demonstrating its dishonesty, distortion, and deception in promoting massively costly and globally irrelevant efforts here in the U.S. that have no ability to control or meaningly change the worldwide energy and emissions outcomes as hyped in the Times feeble “Climate Emergency” propaganda trying to falsely support the need for such action.

The L A Times idiotic propaganda based “Climate Emergency” alarmist hype that the U.S. should “increase renewable energy, restrict fossil fuel extraction and protect Americans from wildfires, heat waves and storms” is both pathetic and ludicrous since these claims completely fail on grounds of the irrelevancy of both their proposed measures and their claimed outcomes

Global energy and emissions data available for decades, as discussed above, clearly establishes the futility of the U.S. and other OECD nations flawed and failed attempts to drive world outcomes on global energy use and resulting emissions. The Times has always concealed and ignored this pivotal reality as a part of its completely dishonest climate alarmist’s propaganda campaign

As for the L A Times phony claims that its proposed irrelevant and false hype that a U.S. declared “Climate Emergency” would protect the nation from “wildfires, heat waves, storms” these claims are completely bogus since actual data demonstrates there is no emergency regarding such claims.

Measured global and regional wildfire data is addressed here and notes:

“Since 1998, NASA has been using satellite instruments to precisely measure the world’s total acreage burned by wildfires. NASA’s website reports a relatively steady and consistent decline in global wildfires since 1998. Meanwhile, since 1998, there has been a 24 percent decline in lands burned by wildfires.

The significant decline in wildfires since 1998 continues a trend that has been occurring throughout the era of modest global warming. In the peer-reviewed Journal of Geophysical Research, scientists report, “a notable declining rate of burned area globally” during the period from 1901 to 2007.

The same holds true in the United States. National Interagency Fire Center data show more than twice as much U.S. land burned on average each year prior to 1950 than in any wildfire year in recent decades.”

The Times heat waves claims are false as noted here:

“There is not much new about media hyperbole in weather reporting, but July’s climate alarmism may be more breathless than usual. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media were inundated with posts containing flaming red maps of Southern Europe and Northern Africa.

“July 2023 will probably be the world’s hottest month in hundreds, if not thousands, of years,” said top NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt. One Twitter user (with 22,000 followers) claimed, “After the hottest day and week, we are now experiencing the hottest month ever (in about 120,000 years, based on paleoclimatology). As we keep warming the planet, we will soon experience global temperatures not seen in the past million years!”

When questioned about the justification for his claims, the tweeter responded that scientists had “discovered there was a glacial period, which many people know about from a movie called Ice Age.” Imagine substantiating scientific claims by referencing a Hollywood movie! Such is the sorry state of critical thought.

These commentators conveniently ignore below average temperatures in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and large swaths of Russia. In fact, people in my city here in India were wearing sweaters during the same week despite it being the middle of a tropical summer.

Even in the U.S., temperatures have not been as dangerous as portrayed. Chris Martz, a meteorologist, notes that “the entire Lower 48 is only nine-hundredths of a degree Fahrenheit above average [relative to 1991-2020]. Month-to-date temperatures are much cooler this year than just last year and are nothing compared to 1980 or 2011.”

Furthermore, NOAA temperature anomaly measured data using its most accurate USCRN temperature stations across the contiguous U.S clearly shows no trend of increasing warming since the network began operation in 2005 as shown below.

Note that NOAA’s July 2023 measured U.S. temperature anomaly data was exceeded in the prior years of July 2006, July 2011, July 2012, July 2017, July 2020, and July 2022. Yet the incompetent and propaganda driven climate alarmist media falsely proclaim a “climate emergency” exists in 2023. What a bunch dishonest and science clueless drivel.   

There is no scientific basis that supports the L A Times purely politically contrived and preposterous propaganda demand for a “climate emergency” to be declared in the U.S. 

Such a clearly dishonest campaign would only damage the U.S. economy by hugely increasing energy prices and destroy energy reliability while allowing and in fact encouraging China and the other non-OECD nations to continue to further grow their massive use of coal and other fossil fuels while greatly increasing their already hugely dominate emissions

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August 23, 2023 10:32 am

Since there is no Climate Emergency the Times long winded article is a deliberate propaganda drive to soften their leftist serfs to be compliant with overhanded government directives to counter a nonexistent problem.

The rising CO2 levels is the real cause of a Greening Earth without the bad side effects and that it is a boon for life of the planet.

Dr. Bob
August 23, 2023 10:47 am

China”s use of fossil fuels such as coal to manufacture renewable power equipment makes 100% sense when the goal of China is to bankrupt the western world. Qui Bono re renewables. Not the user as they are both expensive and unreliable. Only the producer benefits, and the major producer is China.
And my opinion is that once the transition to renewable is complete, the NGO’s will come out fast and furious pointing out the damage done by renewables. The writing is on the wall.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Dr. Bob
August 23, 2023 2:49 pm

‘Qui Bono re renewables.’

Tom Steyer?

Reply to  Dr. Bob
August 23, 2023 3:16 pm

“And my opinion is that once the transition to renewable is complete …”

The transition to wind and solar will never be complete because it’s an economic impossibility. I suppose you could call that my opinion, but I suspect it is also a cold, hard fact.

Alexy Scherbakoff
Reply to  Dr. Bob
August 23, 2023 3:37 pm

China needs the West to buy its goods. There is little point in bankrupting the West.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
August 23, 2023 4:55 pm

I think the PRC, as Chinese racialists and Marxists, would be motivated by spite against the West. Revenge for the Opium Wars is an issue.

Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
August 23, 2023 9:20 pm

There is little point in bankrupting the West.

It is the point. The bank then takes control of the assets. China needs to control large chunks of developed countries to get access to the resources. China will eventually need unhindered access to US coal reserves; probably this century. So they have a deadline to bankrupt the west.

Rather than shipping the coal to China, the Chinese will move some of their manufacturing to the USA. USA will become a Chinese Provence.

Currently Japanese owned businesses are the largest foreign owned employer of US residents but Chinese backed direct investment in the USA is accelerating – still a long way behind Japana, Germany, UK and Canada but no longer insignificant.

The young workers in the USA support retirees in Japan. China needs to get a lot more young people in the west into debt traps to support its growing number of old people.

Reply to  Dr. Bob
August 24, 2023 4:04 pm

During my many years working at Nuclear Power Plants I had many occasions where I assisted in the testing and repair of control systems of the companies Coal Fired plants. It was intuitively obvious to the most casual observer as to whether the coal plant was burning Anthracite Coal or a lower grade. China is obviously burning a grade of coal that is worse than lignite, which US plant workers called Dirt. That coal even looked like dirt compared to Anthracite coal, The Black Diamond. When a plant is burning Anthracite the “smoke” looks as white as steam. When burning lignite, it looks like the pictures of the Olympics in China.

Boff Doff
August 23, 2023 11:07 am

Approximately 8 weeks ago a directive from TWMBO went out to the compliant MSM that the hysteria needed to be ramped up to “boiling” because there was a heatwave coming.

’nuff said

Steve Case
Reply to  Boff Doff
August 23, 2023 1:50 pm

Google search on “TWMBO acronym” turns up nothing.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Steve Case
August 23, 2023 4:18 pm

Those who must be obeyed?

Steve Case
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
August 23, 2023 6:38 pm

Probably it, I find internet shorthand highly annoying.

Steve Case
August 23, 2023 11:25 am

“Such a clearly dishonest campaign would only damage the U.S. economy by hugely increasing energy prices and destroy energy reliability while allowing and in fact encouraging China and the other non-OECD nations to continue to further grow their massive use of coal and other fossil fuels while greatly increasing their already hugely dominate emissions.”


Posted earlier here at WUWT:

     There is no way that leftist “leaders”
     don’t know exactly what dire effects
     their anti-fuel actions are having on
     ordinary citizens’ standards of living.
     Ergo, it has to be deliberate malice.

Reply to  Steve Case
August 23, 2023 3:18 pm

Or a carefully orchestrated plan paid for by large countries who are enemies of the free world. If they’re getting the decimation of the free world for free, they are incredibly lucky.

August 23, 2023 11:26 am

We must find a way to hold these mongrels accountable. Freedom of the press does not give the press the right to knowingly print false information. I am fed up with being lied to. Heads have to roll.

Reply to  Bob
August 23, 2023 12:42 pm

I got to thinking, to make the Times feel better we should do like China does and build a dozen or so new coal fired plants.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Bob
August 24, 2023 6:53 am

Yeah, each month.

John Hultquist
August 23, 2023 11:34 am

 Large cities, such as L. A., have many serious problems. Harping on major weather events and disasters and blaming CO2, Trump, and gun ownership for ills, allows the politicians and press to ignore important issues.
When mayors and editorial writers focus on crime, services, and reasonable funding mechanisms – wake me.
For example: One source claims “The city of Chicago’s pension systems are by far the worst-funded in the country with only 23 cents set aside for every dollar promised,” [Truth in Accounting Founder and CEO Sheila Weinberg] There are many such reports, so search for your favorite dysfunctional city, county, or state.

August 23, 2023 11:41 am

Isn’t the LA Times rather like the Grauniad but with a paywall instead?

August 23, 2023 11:52 am

We realists don’t have the money & power these lefty MSM rags have, but, we have something far more effective – word of mouth
Tell everyone you know or come across about the financial strife that climate alarmism & nut zero will cause them – they may not understand climate science, but they definitely understand their money and living costs

August 23, 2023 2:36 pm

The goal is to declare an emergency, any emergency, so the President can make dictates under the guise of the Emergency Powers Act. Only SCOTUS stands in the way, and they’re working on that too.

August 23, 2023 3:26 pm

“Furthermore, NOAA temperature anomaly measured data using its most accurate USCRN temperature stations across the contiguous U.S clearly shows no trend of increasing warming since the network began operation in 2005 as shown below.”

There is a trend in that data. It’s about 1 °C per century of warming. The average human can’t detect a change of one degree if it happens over a few minutes. No human can detect a change of 1 °C that happens over a century.

Last I checked, the USCRN shows no warming for 12 years and three months. So it’s not possible that all the wild fires, floods, and droughts of the past decade were caused by warming in the U.S.

An effect cannot be caused by a cause that does not exist.

August 23, 2023 8:58 pm

far and away the dirtiest of all CO2 emissions energy consumption fuels.

This shows how deep rooted CO2 as a pollutant has become. Written without question and without any hint of cynicism or qualification.

Since when has the molecule of life been regarded as “dirty”? The author must abhor all life on Earth to repeat this nonsense.

There needs to be a target of at least 1000ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere ahead of the next glaciation if the available arable land without hundreds of metres of ice cover is able to support anything like the current human population.

If Australia just burnt through its lignite reserves to produce all electricity at current rate, there is enough to provide for 600 years. This should be the target rather than treating coal as “dirty”.

China is doing a great job for Earth’s biomass productivity.

August 24, 2023 12:43 am

The La(trine) Times

August 24, 2023 2:51 am

I don’t see the word “nuclear” in the LA Times article …

China is one of the world’s largest producers of nuclear power. The country ranks third in the world both in total nuclear power capacity installed and electricity generated, accounting for around one tenth of global nuclear power generated. As of February 2023, China has 55 plants with 57GW in operation, 22 under construction with 24 GW and more than 70 planned with 88GW. About 5% of electricity in the country is due to nuclear energy.


Nuclear Power: Cheap, Clean, Reliable.

August 24, 2023 8:48 am

Those beneficent Chinese are just looking out for everyone’s best interest. The know that the Earth was much greener and more productive when atmospheric CO2 was at 1200 ppm. They’re doing their part to expand the area of arable land around the globe and ensure everyone can be well fed.

Edward Katz
August 24, 2023 2:40 pm

I’d like to see leftist media outlets like the Times or the CBC, BBC, CNN, etc. come clean and reveal how much funding they get from environmental organizations like Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense, etc. to promote climate alarmism while downplaying or suppressing the facts WUWT has just presented here.

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