New environmental regulations likely mean a shift away from coal to renewables and natural gas. But some say a significant reduction in coal-generated electricity would threaten this nation with brownouts and blackouts. Inside Energy investigates that claim.
The Chinese government has promised to remedy some of the consequences of burning coal. In a joint press conference with President Obama on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a plan to put a country-wide price on carbon emissions, starting in 2017.
If fossil fuels continue to be the dominant fuel source around the world, then carbon capture technologies will need to be developed to reduce harmful carbon emissions. Many Chinese students have come to this country to learn the process.
With temperatures dropping across the northern United States, power plants would usually be stockpiling coal in preparation for higher electricity demand during the winter months, but this year, that’s proving problematic.
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