Is coal power winning the US-China trade war?

China does not have a lot of choices. Coal is not only affordable, but its also easy to store so they can buy up massive volumes from the market while it’s cheap to insulate themselves from price rises in the future. Much harder to do that with oil and harder again with gas. Plus, its a lot more expensive. It is in China’s strategic interest to push coal. The trade war might have further sharpened those senses but was not its origin.

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