The problem with China’s ‘clean coal’ push is that there is no such thing as ‘clean coal’

China could not get off coal even if they really wanted. They are in an economic pickle without any equal. They have promised their people that they will be rich and made them give up their rights for it. Now the economy falls apart and whatever they do, it gets worse and worse every day. In order to stem the tide, Chinas leaders do what needs to be done without regard for agreements, promises or their standing in the world. They hang on to the hope that somehow things will be alright but the more even-minded among us know that things will come to a head there. And when this happens, the cheapest fuel is the fuel of choice. Only rich countries can afford to protect their environment.

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