When you hear people, politicians in particular, talk about the high cost of government regulation and renewable energy you may want to refer them to this article and related video. Every year, China’s pollution causes an estimated 3.5 million deaths most of which is originates from coal power plant emissions.
In china it is estimated that by 2025 over one million people will be diagnosed with lung cancer from air quality. It has only been lately that the communist government in China has admitted that they have huge problem which is an indication of how huge the problem is likely to be.
Coal generators everywhere.
January 2015, saw a fetid smog trap Beijing under pollutants from the region’s 200 coal-fired power plants where concentration levels hit 40 times what the World Health Organization deems safe. Outside China’s urban areas, disease rates in communities near chemical, pharmaceutical or power plants hit five times the national average.
Finally government acknowledgement.
February 2013 saw the first state acknowledgment of prevalent and deadly ‘Cancer Villages’. A fund of $350 billion was allocated to tackle air and water contamination, and in March, premier Li Keqiang declared an all-out “war on China’s pollution”.
Our children will think renewable energy technology was the cheaper way to go.
How can you compare what is happening here, as a result of using a nonrenewable resource such as coal for short term economic gains that in the medium term must be paid for by human suffering and death with the seemingly bargain price for clean renewable energy technology?
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.