Chinese leadership in 2009 announced that low-carbon growth had become mainstream in China, and clean energy would become a robust market. In 2012 alone China installed of 7 gigawatts of solar power, with more to come this year. But its low carbon market is nowhere near mainstream, and new developments suggest China will consume ever more fossil fuels, reports Rebecca Solnit at the Nation. The new leadership is promoting more consumption and growth, with fewer controls on how to do so. China’s coal use is growing much faster than clean energy. In the US, shale oil and gas development will free up mideast oil reserves for China, further reducing incentives to go clean. Newly discovered Chinese shale reserves might promote a gas boom there. Finally, as China’s car market explodes, electric car sales are slumping, and unless its electric grid can be revamped to rely on cleaner energy sources, increasing numbers of Chinese cars will be adding far more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Because China is the largest greenhouse gas emitter and will soon be the largest economy, all this further threatens much more planetary climate change.
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China’s green leap backward. Three recent developments have shifted China’s tack toward a more fossil-fuel-centered approach and away from the low-carbon model the country pursued under outgoing president Hu Jintao. This trend is dangerous for the entire planet. Nation http://www.thenation.com/article/172263/chinas-green-leap-backward#