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MAR 10, 2013 - National Journal

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How Dirty, Polluted China Takes Climate Change More Seriously Than We Do

For years, Washington has blamed China for its failure to pass a law to fight climate change. Lawmakers of both parties have long made the same argument: The world’s two biggest economies both depend on cheap coal-fired power to fuel their plants and factories—coal power that sends billions of tons of carbon pollution into the atmosphere, making the U.S. and China the world’s top two greenhouse-gas emitters. Over the past decade, as China’s economy surged at rates that averaged 10 percent a year, so did its hunger for coal—helping it pull past America as the world’s worst carbon polluter.If ... Read More

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