China continues to move hundreds of millions of tons of coal across its railway system each year, drawing ire from Western pundits as other countries are forcing citizens to ‘go green’ and reduce their carbon footprint.
Scottish journalist Andrew Neil recently ripped Western governments in the wake of China’s projects, such as the Menghua Railway, which is the longest-coal transporting train in the world.
The 1,141-mile railway moves 200million tons of coal each year as fossil fuel use – and traditional greenhouse gas emissions – continue to skyrocket in the communist nation.
While China continues to see its demand for coal g leaders in countries such as the US and UK continue to impose restrictions on its citizens and push going green to reach ‘net zero’ emissions across the globe.
But you should still swop your boiler for a heat pump to save the planet. https://t.co/j0rHgybvEB
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) October 5, 2023
The Menghua Railway was built as part of China’s 12th five-year plan (a series of social and economic development initiatives issued by the county’s communist government to take place over a period of five years). It went into operation in late 2019.
The erection of the railway shattered several world records and has helped facilitate the transport of coal from Inner Mongolia to China’s southern provinces.
The railway is the country’s longest coal transporting line, and joins a large handful of Chinese coal train lines that move the fossil fuel across the country.
China burns more coal every year than the rest of the world combined, and coal accounts for more than half of the total train cargo shipped across the country annually.
While America and Europe back away from coal, China’s usage has only gone up. The country has more than 1,000 coal plants despite a vow from Chinese President Xi Jinping that his country will reach net-zero emissions by 2060.