China’s Plan to Clean Up Air in Cities Will Doom the Climate, Scientists Say

Coal-to-gas projects in rural areas could double carbon footprint of fuel burned in cities, spelling disaster for earth’s climate, warn scientists.

By William J. Kelly, InsideClimate News

China is erecting huge industrial complexes in remote areas to convert coal to synthetic fuel that could make the air in its megacities cleaner. But the complexes use so much energy that the carbon footprint of the fuel is almost double that of conventional coal and oil, spelling disaster for earth’s climate, a growing chorus of scientists is warning.

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