Qinghai province (larger than Texas) ran on renewable energy for 7 days

Huff Post, quoting Chinese state media, reported that Qinghai “had run for seven consecutive days entirely on renewable energy.

The province, which is larger than Texas, relied only on wind, solar and hydroelectric power from June 17-23 …. population of 5.8 million with 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of electricity — equal to about 535,000 tons of coal.

With its commitment to clean energy development and reducing its coal consumption, China is set to overachieve the pledges it made in the Paris climate agreement, according to a recent Climate Action Tracker report.”

China has been well known for its adventures in the application of various green technologies, ranging from electric vehicles (Warren Buffett bought 9.89% stake in BYD, a battery and auto maker, in 2008) to ‘smart city’.

Many experts can give you more details. My view is simply that China has been suffering from pollutions of every kind for many years and both the officials and ordinary people are willing to try anything new to improve the environment.

From a macro view, it is not just about sustainability, but actually, as mentioned in my Oct 2016 China Daily Mail article, practicing ‘Bio politics’ — a grand governmental strategy of improving people’s health with clear objectives, feasible plans and necessary funds.

Money is always a problem, especially to a developing country like China. It is one of the reasons why I always maintain that China, on the military front, is always on the defensive. As what Reuters reported, “China’s 2017 defense budget (total US$138.4 billion) rise to slow again …… recorded its lowest increase in six years, 7.6 percent…. Donald Trump proposing a 10 percent jump in military spending (total US$1.1 trillion for 2018).”

Let us hope that all the countries would spend less on tanks and bombers as what JP Morgan CEO said after commenting on Trump’s proposed budget cuts funding for the Environment Protection Agency by 31%, “Over the last 16 years, we have spent trillions of dollars on wars when we could have been investing that money productively. I’m not saying that money didn’t need to be spent; but every dollar spent on battle is a dollar that can’t be put to use elsewhere.”

The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail.

Related China Daily Mail article: China acquires Syngenta for US$43 billion — China’s biopolitics


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