Report: China’s Anti-Coal Crusade Leaves Country’s Poorest Freezing

The Daily Caller | 11/30/2015 | Staff
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China’s anti-coal campaign is causing people in the country’s poorest areas to freeze for lack of adequate energy supply, according to a report Monday from Climate Home News.

A five-year anti-pollution drive is forcing rural areas in northern China to switch from dirty coal to the cleaner alternative. The retrofitting campaign has sent gas prices soaring while children and mothers are left without heating systems, the report notes.

Nothing - Wait - Mother - Climate - Home

“It is very cold, but there’s nothing we can do except wait,” one mother told the Climate Home News without giving her name. Many citizens in Zhuozhou are waiting for their homes to be fitted with natural-gas furnaces — officials removed coal furnaces from individual homes in the area.

“Every day from 7pm to early next morning, there’s no heating. Sometimes the gas supply is not stable when cooking,” a taxi driver who gave his surname as Feng told Climate Home News about the shortage of energy in the area.

Officials - Coal - Systems - Homes - Country

Local officials began stripping coal heating systems from homes in a mad-rush to comply with the country’s environmental program.

“The original plan was to shift coal to gas only in some ‘core areas’,” He Kebin, an academic who advises the central government on air pollution, said, according to the Climate Home News. “But it turned out local governments are too enthusiastic, greatly raising the demand.”

Others - Nights - Seniors - Toddlers - Temperatures

Many others say nights are “increasingly unbearable,” especially for seniors and toddlers forced to huddle together to stave off below freezing temperatures. A street cleaner said he had to burn firewood to keep warm.

China’s state council laid out comprehensive plans in 2013 to reduce levels of the tiny particulate pollutants pose the greatest health threats...
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