Yes, they are literally choking on their own success. This is why China is ahead of everyone else in EV production and adoption. Still, their EVs are mostly powered by coal so... It sucks to be the world's dumping ground for exported pollution.China especially needs EV's to the point that the smog in major cities is so bad in makes LA look like a pristine forest preserve.
On their last "Blue Sky Day" last year... where they banned 2.5 million cars (and curtailed some industrial production) in Beijing and the results were shocking:
Maybe, but their energy demands have become so great, that it will be very difficult for them to green tech their way out of it. Oil, gas and coal are cheap and powerful. In addition, their economy is all about manufacturing and that's a dirty business, because the world wants them to make all the stuff we consume and we want them to make that stuff cheap. That means they have to use the lowest cost energy they can get and they can't concern themselves very much about environmental issues.Wow, that's horrible air quality and the difference is astounding in Beijing. I think the oil plateau will happen in China before North America because it seems like they're pushing a lot harder for renewable resources and electric cars.
but they do product massive amounts of greenhouse gases and carbon monoxide - which is poisonous…China's smog has practically nothing to do with gas powered cars, which are very clean these days.
what clean coal deployments are you talking about? From my research clean coal is still a fantasyTheir big problems are factories burning coal and coal power plants that are not the clean coal plants that are found in Western countries.
Of the 22 demonstration projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy since 2003, none are in operation as of February 2017, having been abandoned or delayed due to capital budget overruns or discontinued because of excessive operating expenses.
a country demanding the deployment of a fleet of zero emission vehicles is not a mystery - and no matter how much you assert to the contrary gasoline cars are _NOT_ the future - there are too many liabilities associated with chemical combustion - power generation will continue to rely on chemical combustion for some time, but at scale you can "clean up" a limited number of power production plants vs. billions of independent ICE's…moving to BEV's makes your transportation system power source modular (i.e. you can swap the power source without swapping the car)…the move makes a lot of sense unless you have an industrial revolution era solution you are wedded to…Their banning of gas powered cars is something of a mystery.
please cite your research source for this - it's not what I"m reading- and nuclear power still has that whole melt-down Fukushima thing that is a nasty problem - otherwise it is a clean source of electricity which contradicts your "mystery" of why move to electric cars?They are heavy into nuclear power and also rushing to beat the world to advanced nuclear power molten salt reactors,which will surely dominate in the next 10 years
please enlighten me on how Solar and Wind are "unsafe"? This is news to me and last time I checked my solar panels, and those deployed by every nation on the planet have _NO_ known safety issues.based on low cost and safety considerations - much safer than solar or wind
today's technology requires fossil fuel backup - scaled stationary storage is a promising/emerging potential solution to store excess clean/renewable energy to cover the peaks/valley's that are the current problem for fossil fuel generation plants - Wind/Solar/Hydro/Natural GAs fired power plants are not a bad combination pollution wise and you can phase out the NG plants in favor of stationary storage and move mostly to renewables…it's a ways off but a possible path forward.and can load-follow to boot, which no baseloaad power plant has ever been able to do - reduces the need for fossil fuel backup, which wind and solar depend upon to a great extent.
So Chinese made "nuclear power molten salt reactors" (still a nuclear fission reactor) are safer than solar and or wind power?They are heavy into nuclear power and also rushing to beat the world to advanced nuclear power molten salt reactors,which will surely dominate in the next 10 years, based on low cost and safety considerations - much safer than solar or wind...
It should be noted that there are inherently safe nuclear power generation technologies which, for a variety of economic and political reasons, have not been deployed. Nuclear cycles such as Thorium reactors are incapable of the kinds of headline-generating runaway events, and the waste products are far less toxic than those of conventional reactors.So Chinese made "nuclear power molten salt reactors" (still a nuclear fission reactor) are safer than solar and or wind power?
The waste may be less toxic, but it is still toxic for hundreds of years, with some byproducts toxic for thousands of years.It should be noted that there are inherently safe nuclear power generation technologies which, for a variety of economic and political reasons, have not been deployed. Nuclear cycles such as Thorium reactors are incapable of the kinds of headline-generating runaway events, and the waste products are far less toxic than those of conventional reactors.
I could quote reams of data from energy analysts who make it their life to study this, but better for others to check on their own. Simply, renewables are at parity with fossil so that's where all the investment is going.Actual numbers for our electric energy supply ...