October 2014, Vol. 241, No. 10

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Natural Gas Serves Small, But Growing, Portion Of Chinas Total Energy Demand

A recent U.S. Energy Information Administration report indices that China relies heavily on domestic coal (and to a lesser extent oil) to meet rising energy consumption. To reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, the Chinese government is attempting to replace some of the country’s coal and oil use with natural gas. Natural gas accounted for only 4.9% of China’s total energy consumption in 2012, but large investments in domestic natural gas production and infrastructure, along with growing imports, are likely to underpin a significantly larger role in the future. China anticipates increasing its natural gas share of total energy consumption to 8% by the en

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