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So far, most of China's relelntless energy growth has been provided by coal, but given that it is beginning to lose its self-sufficiency in that fuel as well, future prospects are dire (how much coal can a 1.5 billion ton per year producer can import from a 200 million ton producers, ie Australia?).

More like how much coal can a 3 billion ton consumer import from, say, a billion ton producer like the US.

China's coal situation to me seems to bear at least a slight resemblance to that of the US with oil forty or fifty years ago.

by MarekNYC on Tue May 27th, 2008 at 09:07:34 AM EST
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To what extent can increased extraction tide them over while they implement other energy solutions?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue May 27th, 2008 at 09:13:42 AM EST
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I'd say to a good extent. Just like increased Gulf production and the mega discoveries of Mexico, Alaska, and the North Sea did for the US - and they seem to have about the same approach...
by MarekNYC on Tue May 27th, 2008 at 09:17:16 AM EST
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I remember that it was already significantly more than the US's roughly 1 billion ton production, but did not remember it was that much bigger already.

That's a lot of carbon dioxide...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue May 27th, 2008 at 10:15:23 AM EST
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And why their air is more visible than breathable.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 29th, 2008 at 12:50:00 AM EST
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