Coal Boom Unabated in China

This article discusses the increased use of coal in nations such as China and India. Approximately 1,200 new coal-fired plants are being planned around the world, despite the threat of global warming and other environmental consequences. According to the article, India leads the world in planned construction of coal-fired plants, with 455 projects in the works. China is not far removed with its plans of constructing 363 coal-fired plants in the near future. This is largely because of the relatively low cost of coal. Although coal appears to be inexpensive, it is actually far from that. Indeed, if researchers take into account the severe environmental repercussions that come with burning coal, then it is actually very costly. For instance, the United States has large coal reserves, but the burning of this fuel source pollutes air and water. Asia’s increasing dependence on coal is a cause of concern.

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Sarah Perez

Chapter 15

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