China’s Cheaper Coal Seen Slowing Switch to Cleaner Natural Gas

  • Government aims to raise gas share of mix to 10% by 2020
  • Gas use needs to grow more than 10% annually to meet target

This photo taken on November 15, 2010 shows people working at a coal mine in Huo Lin Guo Le, China's north Inner Mongolia region. China appeared November 19 to soften its stance on a sticking point in UN climate change negotiations, the issue of verifying developing countries' emissions reductions. Beijing does not 'believe that increasing transparency will be a problem,' at global talks opening later this month in Mexico, said Huang Huikang, the Chinese foreign ministry's representative at the talks. AFP PHOTO / Gou Yige (Photo credit should read GOU YIGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Photographer: Gou Yige/AFP via Getty Images

China’s effort to promote natural gas over coal to cut pollution is facing resistance from buyers who prefer cheaper to cleaner.

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