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  •  not really (0+ / 0-)

    driving up the price of carbon-intensive fuels, and making their supply chains less reliable has the salutary effect of discouraging it as a fuel source. china's moving in the right direction overall, but - like america - would benefit from price rises and supply instabilities in the long run, if both of our eastern seaboards are to remain above water. dirty coal is bad for chinese air pollution, but in terms of global warming (a far greater problem) the distinction between the two grades of coal is moot.

    that being said, my point was from the perspective of global economic competition between american and chinese industrial sectors. exporting the very fuel that prices your manufactures out of the market to your competitor is dumb national policy if one believes in such a thing as national economic interest. i have nothing against the chinese people, but i think the US would do well to take its own national economic interest into account as rationally and aggressively as the chinese government tends to do with its economic planning.

    surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

    by wu ming on Fri Dec 31, 2010 at 08:53:20 PM PST

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    •  OH, NO! More disagreement! (0+ / 0-)

      Most certianly the differences between grades of coal have an impact on AGW. Why?

      Low grade, high sulfer soft coal has much lower energy content by mass and is much dirtier to burn and more diffuclt to fume scrub. Futhermore, low grade coal is not suitable for gassification which is the trend for coal power generation in China (thank you, GE).

      Lastly, in coking for steel production, soft coal is really nasty stuff. Well, coal is nasty stuff, but the soft stuff is worse.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sat Jan 01, 2011 at 03:19:06 AM PST

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      •  i stand corrected. (0+ / 0-)

        i still think the US should not export it (should not take it out of the ground, really). we're a big enough GHG problem as it is without enabling others as well.

        surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

        by wu ming on Sat Jan 01, 2011 at 08:54:53 AM PST

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