China to Cancel Out all Vermont CO2 emissions

December 5, 2019

by John McClaughry

Conferees from 195 countries are meeting in Madrid this week to wage more war against carbon dioxide. The climate hawks must be chagrined by the news that China, the world’s largest consumer of coal, is building or planning to build 148 thousand megawatts of new coal fired power plants within the next few years. That’s nearly equal to the entire coalpower capacity of the European Union according to an analysis by Global Energy Monitor, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that is passionately opposed to burning coal.

Vermont’s carbon dioxide emissions from all sources are about 10 Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. Just one 1600 Mw Chinese coal plant would produce about as much CO2 in a year as all CO2 emissions in Vermont  – coal, motor fuel, heating oil, natural gas and propane.  The Chinese are building the equivalent of 92 1600 megawatt coal plants – each one putting as much CO2 into the air as everything Vermonters burn.

So if the Green majority in the legislature suddenly killed off 100% of our CO2 emissions, one 1600 Mw Chinese coal plant will restore all those emissions. and the Chinese are building 92 of them.

And the climate action crowd now wants us to join a 12 state group to impose a steadily rising new tax on motor fuel  – the Transportation Climate Initiative – to meet our emissions goals? Gimme a break.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Irene Stewart December 5, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Thank you, thank you for researching this and sharing it with all Vermonters!
We must work to stop these over zealous groups, like Extinction Rebellion, from continuing with their demands and threats, and yet they do nothing to stop any emissions in Vermont. We must not let the legislature fall for the “climate emergency” they claim we are in here, in VT. I sincerely hope VT does not join the Transportation Climate Initiative, so that a very few can pat themselves on their backs, that they are stopping the climate emergency.
Thanks again.


L Turco December 5, 2019 at 5:05 pm

They could care less about our carbon footprint, all they want are the tax dollars.


Robert Massey December 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm

How come almost no one is talking about returning to nuclear power? That whole scene has changed significantly for the better.


William Hays December 7, 2019 at 4:02 am

Robert; the development of ‘Gen(eration)-4’, and even ‘Gen-3’, nuclear plants, as a pollution-free, inexpensive, and extremely safe method of electricity generation, is being totally ignored by the “Green Loons”. The time is NOW to save the reusable physical plant and infrastructure of Vermont Yankee and re-fit it with Gen-4. Maybe the stored nuclear ‘waste’, on-site, could be used as fuel for the new technology. Time is now to give it a try.


K Hovey December 6, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Vermont is one of the most energy-efficient states, being one of 6 states with CO2 emissions per capita below 10 metric tons (9.8 tons of CO2 per person @2015).

China in comparison is at 7.4 metric tons of CO2 per person @2014.

Moreover, China is waging an aggressive, multi-front campaign to clean up coal before eventually phasing it out — reducing emissions from existing plants, mothballing older plants, and raising standards for new plants. Unlike the US, it is on track to exceed its Paris carbon reduction commitments.

In short, while the US dithers along in a cosmically stupid dispute over whether science is real, China is tackling climate change with all guns blazing. The US, not China, is the laggard in this relationship.


Steven Pike December 6, 2019 at 11:15 pm

This is not about global warming, carbon emissions, are anything other than the desire of progressives to gain power over us by taxing us into penury, regulating us into submission, and forcing us to accept their vision of the world. That vision is dystopian for us-but not for them. They will be the elites. Or so they think.


J Paul Giuliani December 13, 2019 at 10:20 pm

The original Barre-Montpelier commuter trolley went out with the 1927 Flood. Never rebuilt because it made no economic sense then. How many of my tax dollars had to be blown to demonstrate that it makes even less economic sense today?


robert June 2, 2020 at 12:49 am

A 1600 MW natural gas power plant emits about half as much CO2e as coal. But half of really dirty coal is NOT “CLEAN” . For example, one was permitted in VA in 2016, Greensville: expected emissions are 5,783,773 tons of CO2e / year. Primarily CO2 NO2 and methane. There are other emissions as well. This does not include the GHGs that were emitted to fabricate and build this plant. As the Film Planet of the Humans made clear [on youtube] people need transparency. We need to see all the environmental costs of proposals up front.


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