Deconstructing the case for coal

There have been some exaggerated claims about future prospects for coal fired power plants lately — Australia Institute research shows these claims are based on misunderstandings, so lets get clear about coal.

Important distinctions in coal projects

Claim 1: 60 countries have coal-fired capacity under construction

Figure 1: The first five countries as they appear in Boom and Bust
Figure 2: The first five countries as they appear in Mr Kelly’s screenshot

Claim 2: Over 600 coal-fired power stations are under construction

Claim 3: 650,000 megawatts of coal-fired power are under construction

Claim 4: Japan is building 40 “high efficiency, low emissions” power stations

Source: Coalswarm (2018) Global Coal Plant Tracker, https://endcoal.org/tracker/

Claim 5: Other countries are building “high efficiency, low emissions” power stations

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