China: Climate Change and Energy Policies
With more than 1.35 billion inhabitants, China is the world's most populous country and the largest of the world's developing nations. By most estimates, its economy, already the largest in the world, is growing faster than any other large country. As was the case with the world's other major industrialized nations, rapid industrial growth has been accompanied by pollution problems, greatly increased greenhouse emissions, increased dependence on foreign oil, and environmental destruction.
As part of a multifaceted energy policy, China intends to obtain the energy necessary to continue its rapid economic growth by building new coal-fired electricity generating plants at the rate of about one per day; by increasing end-use energy efficiency; by purchasing a larger share of the world's...Read more