China is the world’s largest consumer of coal. According to the EIA, almost 70% of the energy China used in 2011 came from coal.

However, China announced last year that it plans to cut back on coal in favor of cleaner forms of energy. Chinese Premier Li Kequiang said, “China will wage war against smog weather,” CCTV, a Chinese news organization, reported.

One obvious alternative to coal as fuel for electrical generation, is natural gas. China has approved a $400 billion natural gas pipeline from Russia to China. The country has also been l...

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