As the Climate Catastrophe continues expanding here’s a slight glimmer of hope.

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China’s installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world’s biggest producer of solar energy by capacity, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Saturday.

Installed PV capacity rose to 77.42 gigawatts at the end of 2016, with the addition of 34.54 gigawatts over the course of the year, data from the energy agency showed.

Shandong, Xinjiang, Henan were among the provinces that saw the most capacity increase, while Xinjiang, Gansu, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia had the greatest overall capacity at the end of last year, according to the data.

China will add more than 110 gigawatts of capacity in the 2016-2020 period, according to the NEA’s solar power development plan.

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Solar plants generated 66.2 billion kilowatt-hours of power last year, accounting for 1 percent of China’s total power generation, the NEA said.

The country aims to boost the mix of non-fossil fuel generated power to 20 percent by 2030 from 11 percent today.

China plans to plough 2.5 trillion yuan ($364 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Helen Popper)

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13 thoughts on “As the Climate Catastrophe continues expanding here’s a slight glimmer of hope.

  1. Kind of gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling, until you realize that China builds at least one coal power plant per week.
    Where do you imagine the coal on the two mile long trains that is shipped from western Canadian ports are going?

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  2. Sad but true. However ANY progress at this point is to be lauded. A few years ago China would not have allowed even discussion of solar power. The U.S. used to be in a position to lead by example. Amazing progress in alternative energy generation was made under the Obama administration.

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  3. Anyone that still believes coal will be hauled to Humboldt bay are uneducated fools. If you are against the rail fine, be honest about it. Stop making up lies.

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    • Monte please write a post explaining how “IF” a railroad was built, you could restrict any commodity from being shipped on it.

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      • I am trying not to be rude, but you must have a firewall in your head.
        As I have explained many, many times, it is not me that restricts what a train can haul, but natural law.
        For them to pencil out, coal trains have to be very long, it is common to see one to two mile long trains. It just is not economical to pull coal trains over terrain such as ours.
        Lets face it, I deal with static thinkers all the time, even if I could convince you that coal will never be hauled from here, you would just come up with another reason to be against the rail.

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  4. How do you prevent coal from being shipped through our port?Since there is presently no coal terminal on our port, construction of one would require approval of Humboldt County AND the Coastal Commission.. Add that to the fact that it is not economical to haul coal, and I think you have nothing to worry about. I would welcome the economic benefits to Humboldt County which a rail and active port would provide.

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    • I think FERC can override all of that

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    • WTF CalTrans spending 350 grand to redo a redone fisability study for? That money would fund maybe half a dozen Caltrans engineers yearly retirement. Ad to that the draft of a tanker is 45 feet >< The Chanel is barely that so how can they even turn it around or even get to a dock?

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  5. Its been done in Oakland by city ordinance.

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  6. well, Monte’s right TE, the coal would go THRU Eureka.

    And/or the oil that needs exporting west,as all the other ports have rejected that as well as best they can.
    The coal shipped now by current train tech loses tons of coal dust along the route.

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