Barnaby Joyce says increasing coal power in Australia won’t impact global warming

According to Barnaby Joyce, increasing the power of coal in Australia solving the energy problem will have no impact on global warming as China, India and other countries build hundreds of new power plants and ignore emissions targets.

As the East Coast suffers a harsh winter and world gas prices soar, the new Labor administration is pressuring coal-fired power stations to increase production as soon as possible.

The Greens argue this is the wrong strategy and instead advocate for big and fast investment in renewables to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2035.

However, Mr Joyce, a former Deputy Prime Minister, says Australia will have no impact on global temperatures as long as China and India pursue coal power.

“Coal production in China has reached new highs over the past two quarters. China would have us covered in about a month if Australia disappeared from the face of the world,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

China accounts for around 29% of global CO2 emissions, while Australia contributes only 1%.

Last year, China was responsible for 56% of the world’s new coal-fired power capacity, followed by India (14%), South Korea (7%) and Indonesia (6% ).

Since 2012, Australia has not built any new coal-fired power plants.

According to the Global Energy Monitor, China’s increased capacity is offsetting nearly all of the coal plant shutdowns globally.

According to a study published last year by the Carbon Tracker think tank, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam are each aiming to build 600 more factories.

China wants to reach net zero emissions by 2060, but has indicated it will backtrack on its goal of peaking emissions in 2030 after experiencing power cuts that led to blackouts in major cities last year. last.

In October, Premier Li Keqiang said energy security takes precedence over climate goals.

In a statement, it added, “Energy security should be the cornerstone on which a modern energy system is formed, and the capacity for energy self-supply should be expanded.” He also promised to build additional coal-fired power plants and dig for more oil and gas.

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Teresa H. Sadler