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  •  They shipped coal to China . (1+ / 0-)
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    gzodik

    I read a while back that they shipped out so much that they needed to import coal for their own use .

    http://blogs.wsj.com/...

    May 7, 2013, 5:38 PM

    Petrovietnam to Import Australian Coal to Meet Energy Needs

    By Vu Trong Khanh
    HANOI–Vietnam plans to import coal from Australia to help it meet rapidly growing energy needs that are being driven by economic growth averaging 7% over the past decade.

    Vietnam, once a major coal exporter, has seen its foreign sales nosedive as supplies are being kept home for domestic use. Exploitation of abundant reserves of offshore natural gas is going slowly, in part due to commercial wrangling, and Vietnam’s first nuclear power plants won’t start generation until at least 2020.

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    by indycam on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:30:29 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, that's accurate. You can't write Vietnam (2+ / 0-)
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      erush1345, gzodik

      a blank check (by those of us who support their move toward fission energy). The original plan before the nuclear was decided on was to build a slew of intermediate sized coal plants instead to the same increase in generation that will now be going nuclear.

      There is a real tendency for countries with large fossil supplies to use that fossil fuel regardless of a sincere (or not) increase toward low-carbon alternatives (renewables, nuclear, hydro). Nuclear represents currently a large double-digit cutting into fossil use, but that's it. Countries have to want to go and then plan for phasing out fossil fuel use. Otherwise it doesn't matter how much non-carbon they increase, it will never come close to phasing out carbon/fossil. That's the sad truth.

      Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

      by davidwalters on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:56:35 AM PDT

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