Obama's attack on American coal is more than futile when you consider that an 87 percent increase in global coal consumption in 2011 was largely due to the industries of the People's Republic of China.
But this isn't much of an issue because the environmentalist movement is a subset of the left and its goal isn't really to stop the earth from freezing/burning up because of industrial production, but to stop industrial production in the Western world to overthrow what they consider to be capitalism and imperialism.
Obama and the Western left have gone to war against coal, and coal consumption in the West has indeed dropped. But that doesn't matter much on a global scale.
China now accounts for almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. As it continues to industrialize, that number will only increase. Obama's attack on American coal is more than futile when you consider that an 87 percent increase in global coal consumption in 2011 was largely due to the industries of the People's Republic of China.
While environmentalists talk about China going Green, for PRC isn't environmentalist, rather it's utilitarian. Its position on energy is practical. Pollution is not a significant issue for PRC leaders. Nor is Global Warming. What considers China is not becoming too dependent on any single energy source so as to limit the economic damage caused by energy market volatility, disasters and conflicts. So no matter how many windmills China puts up, it will still go on using coal. And there's nothing anyone can do to stop it.
But the environmentalists aren't really interested in stopping China. Their goal is to stop America.