The China Paradox

Can China make it to a clean energy economy in the long-term by rapid economic development based on coal in the short-term?

Not looking good according to a new EIA report:

But rapid industrial growth throughout China has outpaced the government's efforts to replace carbon intensive infrastructure with energy efficiency technology.


China achieved a 19.1% reduction in the energy intensity of its economy. But at the same time, overall emissions were up 33.6%, with emissions from building operation and transportation growing 41%.