Energy Needs for China – The Dragon Needs to Slay Its Dependence on Coal

You have probably read that China has energy production problems. The problem with China’s energy problems is that they cause problems for the rest of the world.

Here is an incident that perfectly exemplifies why China must improve its energy generation capabilities, and in particular, to develop alternative energy sources that are not dependent on coal. In August 2010 there was a 9-day traffic jam on a highway between Inner Mongolia and Beijing. Nine days! Why? Because trucks carrying coal to Beijing’s power plants blocked a road that was already somewhat restricted in traffic capacity due to road work. Unfortunately, without all that coal, Beijing would not be able to keep the lights on. Coal is currently used to produce about 70% of China’s electricity needs, and unfortunately that percentage is likely to increase in the future, not decrease. China is starting-up a new coal-fired power plant every week. Continue reading “Energy Needs for China – The Dragon Needs to Slay Its Dependence on Coal”

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