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Coal as a risky bridging technology

Unloading a coal train at a power plant: Coal is experiencing a boom in China.

Electricity comes from the socket, heat from the heater – this certainty has quietly accompanied us for decades. But the war in Ukraine has turned the supply of power and energy into a crucial issue. Europe is frantically searching for new energy suppliers. Energy security is also high on China’s agenda. After all, the People’s Republic already went through a serious power crisis last year. For weeks, factories had to operate at half power (China.Table reported). The central government in Beijing has sent out a clear message: The power crisis must not be repeated under any circumstances.

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