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China Proposes Air-Pollution Law That May Cut Coal Consumption

China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is seeking to cut coal production and consumption through proposed new legislation as part of a stepped-up fight against air pollution.

The nation’s government is examining a draft law that will prohibit the production, import and sale of coal that doesn’t meet quality standards, the State Council Legislative Affairs Office said on its website today. It’s also seeking to cut the use of coal in China’s energy mix, according to the statement.