China Looks to Coal Bed Methane

The country wants to dramatically increase its use of the coal-mining byproduct to meet its surging energy needs
Coal miners wait to cross a road through thick coal dust at the end of their shift at a small mine in the town of Xiaoyi in China's Shanxi province. PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

As the Chinese economy grows at double-digit rates, satisfying the country's energy appetite is a top priority for President Hu Jintao and his government. While China's oil companies and their search for partners in places like Sudan commands most of the attention in the West, coal is of much greater importance to China than oil.

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