Reports indicate that the
United States has committed to phasing
out coal power plants, and sooner rather than later,
though no specific date has yet been given. The U.S. joins 56 other nations who
have similarly pledged to rid themselves of coal power.
U.S. “special envoy” John Kerry recently announced
that Washington has agreed to join something called “the Powering Past Coal
Alliance” which means the Biden administration has effectively vowed to build
no new coal plants and to phase out existing plants.
said the U.S. and other PPCA nations “will be working to accelerate unabated
coal phase-out across the world,” and added, “The first step is to stop making
the problem worse: stop building new unabated coal power plants.”
to other Biden administration regulatory actions and international commitments
already in the works, there is some speculation that it may target 2035 as a
would seem an entirely pointless endeavor, given the fact that China is still building
new coal plants at an astounding rate. According to researchers
at China’s State Grid Corp., the Middle Kingdom could add up to 150
gigawatts of new
coal-fired generation capacity by year-end 2025.
If so, that would put China’s known coal-fired generation capacity at roughly 1,230
gigawatts– more than half of all global coal-fired electricity
output and over 5 times the coal-fired capacity of the United States. China built
more than three times as much new coal power capacity as all other countries
in the world combined in the year 2020, and it is unlikely to stop doing so
as its power demand continues to grow.
While Chinese residents are reaping the benefits of additional
low-cost coal power, residents of some other nations have been forced to endure
If the Biden administration commits to phasing out
all coal-fired power plants in the very near future, it will have committed
itself to significantly damaging the U.S. economy. China is wiser, if equally
It seems like both China and the Biden
administration are committed to phasing out America as a world power.