That's true, but in the next decades more coal fired power stations will shut because they are not profitable anymore. There will be no more investment in coal.
Who are the mugs on the planet ?
I recall reading lots of news articles, oh, maybe a year or two ago, Japan, US, China, among a few others building new HELE coal fired power stations.
Decided to Google it last night and check if I can find the facts.
The US and China (you'd expect it from the PRC / CCP) are having a go at Australia lately about not doing enough to reduce emissions, not having targets low enough, etc.
I found this . . .
The map speaks for itself.
In the Policy drop down in the menu box, you can read some pretty damning info about the # of coal fired plants in China, and how they need to 'rapidly' closes 186 of them to reduce emissions to meet their stated goals.
How the US has the world’s second largest fleet of coal-fired power plants (behind China), and over the course of history it has cumulatively produced more CO2 than any other nation. Its citizens have carbon footprints that are roughly three times the global average.
Have a look at the map, the new coal plants built in (particularly) China, Indo, India, a few in Japan, a scattering in Asia and Europe.
Granted to the US, they are closing lots down, not building or planning new plants, but still have a huge number of plants operating and not tagged to close.
Our coal is dug up by the hundreds of millions of tonnes (over 400 mil tonnes) a year and much is shipped to many of these places to be burned in their plants, to produce cheap energy for their population . . . until WE STOP shipping coal like that, it's not only hypocritical, but totally pointless to participate in the supposed problem of carbon emissions / climate change.
As shown, we are nothing, nothing in the scope of the World situation, not even a drop in the bucket.
15th highest emitter per capita in the World, we are punishing ourselves and being bullied by larger 'problem maker' nations.