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China Promotes Coal in Setback for Efforts to Cut Emissions

Smoke and steam rise from towers at the coal-fired Urumqi Thermal Power Plant in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on April 21.

Smoke and steam rise from towers at the coal-fired Urumqi Thermal Power Plant in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on April 21.

Photographer: Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo

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Beijing (AP) -- China is promoting coal-fired power as the ruling Communist Party tries to revive a sluggish economy, prompting warnings Beijing is setting back efforts to cut climate-changing carbon emissions from the biggest global source.

Official plans call for boosting coal production capacity by 300 million tons this year, according to news reports. That is equal to 7% of last year’s output of 4.1 billion tons, which was an increase of 5.7% over 2020.