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John Redwood sets out the bizarre situation where tiny little UK is shutting down its few coal fired power stations while other countries are building hundreds… making prices high and energy scarce – and for no good reason. But unexpectedly does not criticise or complain about the ridiculous regulations that make this so – instead he has surrendered to the situation! He accepts the lunacy as a done deal, and starts looking and working with it instead of fighting it! How the strong have withered…

As the nations meet to hammer out a new global warming deal we learn that many new coal-fired power stations are under construction or being planned around the world. I read that China is building 368 plants and planning a further 803. India is building 297 and planning 149. Rich countries are also planning new coal plants. The nuclear disaster at Fukushima has prompted Japan to turn back to coal, with 40 plants in the pipeline and five under construction. The UK is committed to phasing out coal based electricity capacity under EU directives, but this aversion to a readily plentiful and cheap fossil fuel is far from universal.

Source: Who is burning coal?