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BurntOrange

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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:22:10 AM

Those searching for answers to China's chronic smog should consider this: Coal consumption in the world's second-largest economy is nearly on par with the rest of the world combined.

That's according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which released data Tuesday showing Chinese coal usage growing 9% in 2011 to 325 million tons. That means Chinese coal demand accounts for 47% of global consumption.

The world's fastest-growing major economy relies on the cheap fossil fuel to supply 70% of its energy generation. But China is paying a massive environmental price for using so much coal, the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions. It now contains seven of the 10 worst cities in the world for air pollution, and experts say the hazardous smog is costing the country billions ...
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heydano67
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 7:34:44 AM

Don't we have some to spare.
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endymion
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 7:28:45 AM

Seven of the Ten worse cities for air pollution...not to mention 8 of the 10 worst lakes for water pollution.

they wanted jobs and economic growth and encouraged manufacturing by eliminating environmental regulations. this is the result.

Fracking fans take note!
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remay
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 6:52:29 AM

Ok...
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dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:28:44 AM

And has pollution to show for it.
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:13:26 AM


You are a real joke teenie. Is it true you are the alter ego of docp???
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:11:59 AM


The Chinese Plan to control population! I understand the Koch Bros. are moving to China, where COAL is number 1.
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Night Owl
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:55:15 PM

Yes, no wonder the air pollution in Beijing is absolutely disgusting.
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BigTruc
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:47:41 PM

Have you seen the smog problem now in Beijing?
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MidNJ
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:38:33 PM

Could this be one reason why there is so much air pollution in China?
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TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:04:36 PM

Sounds a lot like the US in the not to distant past.
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Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:36:32 PM

And the world expects us to pay for clean air. Im sure they dont have scrubbers on their stacks as required in the US
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:32:07 PM

smert to use all sources of fuel
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:55:10 PM

And that's why you can taste the air in Beijing.
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:54:23 PM

That is an awful lot of coal.
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 1:43:34 PM

"Yet the environmentalists don't care, they just want to eradicate coal here in the US." - teenitup

Oh, really??? How about some facts to back up that ridiculous claim? Citations, please.
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:56:01 PM

That is partly why the pollution is so bad in Chinese cities. It is a question how long the population will put up with it.
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qwerty17
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:38:56 PM

yikes.
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:32:13 PM

Yet the environmentalists don't care, they just want to eradicate coal here in the US. Isn't global warming global anymore?
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:16:11 PM

Wow.
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peakkeller
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 11:14:34 AM

Ugh
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highdesertman
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:55:50 AM

After seeing a story on the severe pollution in Beijing on the news last night, it's evident that China's heavy coal usage and lack of pollution controls is killing it's people, not to mention contributing significantly to global warming. Sooner or later, it's going to hurt them economically too because people will not want to do business there. Maybe then they'll get the message that something has to be done, and soon.
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Van_Halen
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:55:24 AM

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But the EPA has to shutdown cheap electricity in this country that already has emissions lowering devices on our power plants!

By the way, CO2 is NOT and NEVER will be a greenhouse gas!
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jeffbone
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:37:50 AM

Right. So when are the greenies going to get excited about greenhouse gasses in China?
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BobBG
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:37:47 AM

Their contribution to green house gases is hurting us too.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:27:17 AM

If they would use the pollution control that is being forced in the US, it would cut down on the pollution the rest of us have to put up with.
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:15:29 AM

I don't doubt it.
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:11:02 AM

And we will keep sending them coal. That helps our import/export status.
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Buckeyee
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:06:53 AM

This is why China does not have cap & trade, or why it does not belong to any pollution agreement.
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briinnc
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 10:06:27 AM

They deserve to choke.
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RONALD777
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:58:28 AM

Too bad they don't have a little pollution control to go with it.
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WonderfulMI
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:49:26 AM

And they also are a solar power manufacturer. And their capital has the filthiest air in the world.
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coughlin
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:48:32 AM

When half the country has a lung disease, they'll wish they hadn't.
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:46:28 AM

That comes with progress when you dont have cleaner energy sources
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stefanwaggoner
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:35:22 AM

China will use every last drop in the next 10 years
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:29:34 AM

and they are choking to death on it!!

Bejing had a "stay inside' warning all day today...

it will likely keep the alert for the rest of the week
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FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:26:18 AM

We should sell some to them!
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