Here in the UK we’ve been debating whether to build another runway at Heathrow for about 20 years.
But China is planning to build over 200 new airports by the year 2035, almost doubling its current number.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) published a development report on Monday that aims to add 216 new airports by 2035 and develop a number of regional transport hubs.
According to the CAAC, China had 234 civil airports as of October this year and is expected to have around 450 by 2035, China Daily reports.
Further, the demand for passenger transport in China will account for a quarter of the world’s total and exceed that of the US by 2035, making China the largest air passenger market in the world.
According to this report, a new airport will open in Beijing next year that will be the largest in the world.
Previously, a figure of 136 new airports by 2025 had been quoted.
Note that the vague INDC submitted by China for the Paris Agreement included the action “To achieve the peaking of carbon dioxide emissions around 2030”. How that is consistent with 200 new airports by 2035 isn’t clear.
Despite this, climate activists continue to proclaim that China is a “climate leader”. Here’s Al Gore’s Climate Alternative Reality Project, listing 5 ways in which China is becoming a “global climate leader” (there’s no mention of airports). Here is Edward Wong of the New York Times declaring that “China has become a global leader in policy and diplomacy on limiting the effects of climate change”. And just this week, expert academic Kevin Gallagher says in the FT that “China enters this week’s Conference of the Parties to the Paris climate agreement poised to take the mantle as the world’s leader on energy and climate change”. Both Wong and Gallagher indulge in a bit of self-righteous finger-wagging, telling China what it “must” or “needs to” do, as if anyone in the Chinese leadership is at all likely to listen.
This week there’s a new article by Patricia Adams talking about a “U-turn” by China. I don’t agree with this terminology in the headline, but it’s worth reading, either via the National Post
or in a longer version, in a report for the GWPF,
To the extent that China tries to keep the ruse going, it will argue that, like the Third World nations it purports to represent, it should not be held to the same standard of emissions reductions and disclosure as the developed nations. But the world has changed in another way since the Paris Agreement was signed: China’s promises and propaganda are no longer believed.