US Exports to China Increasing Barrels of Petcoke, a Fuel Dirtier Than Coal

Reduced petroleum coke Photograph by Adeel Halim/Bloomberg

Even as China is investing more money than any other country in developing renewable electricity, its consumption of traditional fossil fuels is also rising steeply. Each year, roughly half the coal burned in the world is burned in China. In an effort to meet its fast-growing energy demands, China has become, in effect, simultaneously the greenest and the sootiest nation on earth.

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