China power crunch hits some Apple suppliers

Widening power shortages in China have halted production at numerous factories including many supplying Apple and Tesla, while some stores in the northeast of the communist-controlled country operated by candlelight and malls cut opening hours as the economic toll of the squeeze mounted.

Quality assurance, iMac production, China (Image via Apple's Supplier Responsibility 2020 Progress Report)
Quality assurance, iMac production, China (Image via Apple’s Supplier Responsibility 2020 Progress Report)

Shivani Singh and Min Zhang for Reuters:

China is in the grip of a power crunch as a shortage of coal supplies, toughening emissions standards and strong demand from manufacturers and industry have pushed coal prices to record highs and triggered widespread curbs on usage.

Rationing has been implemented during peak hours in many parts of northeastern China since last week, and residents of cities including Changchun said cuts were occurring sooner and lasting for longer, state media reported.

The impact on homes and non-industrial users comes as night-time temperatures slip to near-freezing in China’s northernmost cities. The National Energy Administration (NEA) has told coal and natural gas firms to ensure sufficient energy supplies to keep homes warm during winter.

The power squeeze is unnerving Chinese stock markets at a time when the world’s second-largest economy is already showing signs of slowing. China’s economy is grappling with curbs on the property and tech sectors and concerns around the future of cash-strapped real estate giant China Evergrande.

The power pinch has been affecting manufacturers in key industrial hubs on the eastern and southern coasts for weeks. Several key suppliers of Apple (AAPL.O) and Tesla (TSLA.O) halted production at some plants.

MacDailyNews Take: This issue will evaporate the day the COP26 climate talks* end on November 12th because that’s how China rolls.

Ah, the glories of communist authoritarianism, where the proletariate risk freezing to death for their rulers’ empty shows.

*The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland is where world leaders will lay out their climate agendas. Read more: Cop26 climate talks will not fulfil aims of Paris agreement, key players concede – The Guardian, September 27, 2021

17 Comments

  1. Leftists, Democrats, and Establishment Globalists have turned their backs on religion, but the human soul knows there is a greater force and hence searches for God.

    Leftists, Democrats, and Establishment Globalists like Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Laurene Powell Jobs, Jeff Bezos, etc. have substituted “Climate Change” for “God.”

    “Climate Change” is the “God” of Leftists, Democrats, and Establishment Globalists.

    This is why they hated Trump so much.

    Not for the mean tweets, but for canceling the Paris Agreement, an international treaty, immediately upon assuming office. It was among the very first travesties into which their installed puppet Biden re-entered – illegally, of course (treaties like this actually require congressional approval in America).

    With “Climate Change” as their “God,” it’s no leap to imagine that a few short years from now, when people start dropping like flies (perhaps from mutated super variants of COVID created by widespread global vaccination schemes), the Leftists, Democrats, and Establishment Globalists will of course claim “there is no evidence that these deaths were caused by the vaccines” (they won’t mention the deaths were caused by what the vaccines created). They may even prop up and trot out their bureaucrat idol Fauci to nod for the cameras, if he lasts long enough.

    This is why throwing open the U.S. southern border to unvaccinated COVID-infected illegal aliens and shipping them around the country is A-OK, but actual citizens need to double mask while alone in their homes and present their vaccination “papers” to go anywhere. They want the Democrat votes and don’t really care about COVID spreading or the peasants’ freedom.

    Wine glasses will be clinking, cigars will be lit, and the globalists will be congratulating each other on such a successful global depopulation campaign – all done in the name of their “God,” “Climate Change.”

    Farfetched? Far stranger things have happened in human history (for those relatively few of us who know and understand history).

        1. Libtards like you are ruining this great country, period.

          Lying daily in the Oval Office, lying in mainstream media, destroying border security, welcoming Covid illegals in our nation’s cities, lying about the numbers, defunding police and emptying prisons with dangerous criminals into society, breakdown of law and order — I could go on and on.

          Certainly you are totally IGNORANT to reality in America.

          The next two elections the smart MAGA juggernaut will get the country back, so get out the way skellum you have nothing constructive to offer.

          Simply another garden variety simpleton Leftist TOOL…

        2. skellum, even animals know not to let the dumbest of the herd lead them

          You voted for a lying, corrupt dementia patient.
          You are literally dumber than a pack of wild animals

          1. You, Hal, are dumber than a dead pig to assume who I voted for. Do you know if I even voted? Do you know if I even live in the USA?

            Your cognitive biases pollute your every thought.

  2. Oh poor evil super powers having power issues, Apple’s home country, China and I hear another insane nuclear armed country is having power problems with their petrol and have to call out the army to deliver it.
    It’s really nice to watch karma be such a bitch, thank you COVID-19.

    1. The World is having problems with energy and thinking “renewables” will fill the gap is naive and absurd. Just China’s concrete production in the last 3 yrs was greater that the US’ in the 20th century. Then there’s steel…China uses over 50% of the World’s steel. China claims 2030 will make carbon neutrality. That’s funny, EXCEPT, the World is acting like all of their dirty fuel use is coming to a close. Apparently 2021 is going to be a landmark year for their cleanliness…since 2020 marked the highest coal use in history.

      Bottom line, China is snowing the World and they are being permitted to do so by those IN-The-Know (Elite). In addition, the renewable dream is dreamy. Concrete and steel CANNOT be created with current renewable tech and it ain’t close. Time to head back to reed huts?

      Will the liars setting the Paris Accord targets talk about this? No…US bad_China not so bad. In addition, they speak of the Accord as “environmental.” Complete BS. Read the Accord and listen to the people driving this bus. It’s ALL about making things “equal” in the World. We’ve had our time of prosperity and it’s time to set the way for those in the 2nd/3rd Worlds to have a spin. This is not nutty conspiracy…read the document.

      Or, should we believe the Boston waitress that we have 10, 9, or 8 yrs remaining…while the car she advocates is unaffordable for more than 1/2 of the World? An elite and deceptive dreamer.

      1. Thank you for your insightful post Jorgie. The nations of the world can set all the brouhaha accords they like, but as you point out, this is a world problem and aspects beyond mere nations of a single specie should be considered. The oikos rule of thumb “There is no economy without an ecology” is much more appropriate for this discussion. The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been a mysterious climate change down the road, it’s a quick in your face environmental change that has for a while reduced global emissions and pollution. It has also allowed wildlife to expand their habitats where human influence has been reduced. If you go to world of meters web site and check the raw number of deaths, you’ll note that 4 of the top 10 countries are nuclear powers. If you look at the Deaths/1M population you’ll see that all the super powers save for one are above the global average.

        The SARS-CoV-2 virus has exposed dysfunctional aspects of the nations of the world but more importantly dysfunctional aspects of the human species:
        – It is the only species that produces materials toxic to itself and every other living creatures.
        – Since the industrial revolution the species has experienced exponential growth. This will not be sustained, either there will be a plateau (see the industrial revolution) or extinction.

        Either way, if the species cannot regulate its population growth on its own, it will be regulated for it, one way or another. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is providing a much needed culling and putting on the brakes on our activities. It should serve as a wake up call but if it doesn’t there’s much more in store. My bets is that the planet is capable of taking care of itself, and that includes tossing the greatest species ever into the extinction trash can or watching the species do so if it so chooses, free will and all that.

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