Dear Pablo,

I keep hearing that China is currently building around one coal-fired power plant per week. Even the presidential candidates repeat it. Is it true? Do you know any sources for it? The candidates also keep talking about “clean coal.” What’s the story with that?

Good question. I have heard various figures from various sources, and some say the number is actually higher. According to John Ashton, the top climate change official at the U.K. Foreign Office, “China is now building about two power stations every week.” Joel Blum, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan, says, “Coal-burning plants are being built in China at an alarming rate — something like two per week.” (more…)