Chinese usage of coal is about equal to the usage by the rest of the world. Two blogs, one for the present and one for the future make it clear that North America, Europe and Australia could stop using fossil fuels and it would not make much difference in the grand scheme of things.
The Daily Beast posted “China’s Coal Usage is Blowing the Kyoto Protocol to Shreds”. Remember the Kyoto protocol? The chart below shows that China current coal consumption nearly equals the consumption of the rest of the world.
Tallbloke’s Talkshop shows a chart of projected world coal-fired capacity based upon data from the World Resources Institute. China and India will be installing 77% of the projected 1,401,334 MW of new coal-fired capacity. Click here to see the graphic of projected world electrical production from coal.