China Sees Major Increase in Coal Use, Including Sanctions-Defying North Korean Imports

China Sees Major Increase in Coal Use, Including Sanctions-Defying North Korean Imports


China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday boasted that China’s “energy independence capacity” is at a record high of over 80 percent thanks to the Chinese Communist Party “beefing up energy security” by burning mountains of heavily polluting coal. Some of that coal is coming from North Korea, in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

The Global Times piece was a reprise of the usual song-and-dance China uses on climate change activists, who are apparently willing to fall for the act indefinitely, even as China burns enough coal to fill the Christmas stockings of every naughty child on Earth a thousand times over. 

The gist of China’s grift is that everyone should stop criticizing it for polluting like mad today because, as an iron-fisted authoritarian regime,

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