Firstly, the literal chill that has set in since the new "Xi Jinping Thought" was rolled out, including making China "beautiful" and, errr, less lethal to anyone depending on breathing for their existence. This of course means switching off coal-fired power stations - not for reasons of CO2 emissions, about which they care little or perhaps nothing, but for reasons of outright air pollution.
|I know exactly what you're thinking|
Yes, unless you are the USA or the UK with plenty of gas-fired capacity, phasing out coal is pretty damn' difficult, as Germany illustrates all too clearly.
But we know all this. Back to China: what's more interesting to me is that "Freeze" article linked to above, from Greenpeace. It makes extensive use of complaints aired on Chinese social media, which have evidently dodged the Great Firewall.
But for how long? Read here and here about how China intends to institute a comprehensive monitoring / ranking / stick-and-carrot-consequences system controlling its citizens' every thought and action, very much based on the ubiquity of social meejah. How many "Social Credit System" brownie-points will be deducted when you post about how the heating won't work?
The first of those two pieces is a definite must-read for the weekend. Lots of politicians much closer to home than Beijing will be following Chinese Social Credit developments with *interest*. Chilling? Oh yes, very chilling indeed.