Even as the clamor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions reaches a new high—echoed recently by such staid institutions as the World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA)—a new analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI) finds that 818 new coal-fired plants are under proposal in China and India. In all 1,199 new coal-fired plants are currently planned worldwide, according to the report, totaling 1.4 million megawatts of energy.
According to the report 59 nations are currently proposing to build new coal plants. This includes 49 new coal plants proposed in Turkey, 48 in Russia, 36 in the U.S., 30 in Vietnam, and 17 in Indonesia. But India has by far proposed the most new coal-fired power plants: 455. While China, already the world's biggest burner of coal, has proposed 363 new plants.