Over 1.2 Million Killed so far by air pollution this year – by China?
The Bull in the China Shop
No matter what else happens at the Paris Climate Change Summit later this month, in advancing the message for a the global push for clean air this year, China will continue its quest to build 500 coal-fired electrical plants designed to quench her enormous population’s thirst for cheap energy. The vast majority of these plants are going to be built without modern “scrubbers” to clean out the toxic ash and other major pollutants that normally are removed by reactive metals. So let’s look at some facts about China’s releasing of greenhouse gas emissions for this year, to put my thesis to the test.
The US Chamber of Congress quotes the New York Times this year as saying that China has been burning seventeen percent more coal in 2015, in total, than they’ve in fact disclosed – according to recently released annual production data. To put that in a global perspective: that hidden 17% alone, represents more gross pollutants than the entire carbon dioxide output of Germany, the largest industrial country in the EU. To bring that into a larger context, China also intends to add another one thousand smaller coal-fired plants, which it currently has on the drawing boards for preconstruction review in 2016. Very few of them plan to use Platinum or Palladium for scrubbing – the main precious metals utilized in the catalytic cleaning of exhaust gas emissions in modern power generation plants of their kind.
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