In One Chart: This boring chart is actually a ‘worrying’ one for the planet

BP’s annual statistical review of world energy often makes for fascinating reading, and this year’s edition contains an alarm about the environment from one of the world’s largest fossil-fuel producers.

One chart in particular shows that, for all the talk of natural gas NGN18, +0.30% replacing coal MTFQ8, -1.29% , the reality is basically nothing has changed.

The share of global power plants by source of fuel.

The share of power plants fueled by coal is the same as it was 20 years ago, at 38%.

That’s of course because of China, whose rapid expansion and dirtier power generation more than offset the U.S.

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