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China Emerges as a Leader in Cleaner Coal Technology    NYT

Construction has stalled in the United States on a new generation of low-pollution power plants that turn coal into a gas before burning it, although Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday that the Obama administration might revive one power plant of this type. But China has already approved equipment purchases for just such a power plant, to be assembled soon in a muddy field here in Tianjin.

"The steps they've taken are probably as fast and as serious as anywhere in power-generation history," said Hal Harvey, president of ClimateWorks, a group in San Francisco that helps finance projects to limit global warming.

Western countries continue to rely heavily on coal-fired power plants built decades ago with outdated, inefficient technology that burn a lot of coal and emit considerable amounts of carbon dioxide. China has begun requiring power companies to retire an older, more polluting power plant for each new one they build.

Cao Peixi, the president of the China Huaneng Group, the country's biggest state-owned electric utility and the majority partner in the joint venture building the Tianjin plant, said his company was committed to the project even though it would cost more than conventional plants.

"We shouldn't look at this project from a purely financial perspective," he said. "It represents the future."


Those dastardly Chinese Commies!  They put the "future" ahead of immediate financial concerns.  And so much for the USA helping China by providing advanced pollution control technology.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 12:15:37 AM EST
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