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Coal will still fuel economic miracles

By Gregory H. Boyce ( China Daily ) Updated: 2012-06-12 08:27:45

China's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) for coal demonstrates the essential role that 21st century coal plays in the energy, economic and environmental future of the world's second-largest economy. China's experience is a lesson for the rest of the world.

Study after study demonstrates the correlations among coal demand, economic activity and social progress, where a rise in coal use mirrors a rise in GDP.

China's economic growth has exceeded targets every single year this century, and its GDP largely tracks its generation growth, which translates into greater coal use.

Coal will still fuel economic miracles

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