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January 30 2013

China uses nearly as much coal as rest of the world combined

BEIJING -- Those searching for answers to China's chronic smog should consider this: Coal consumption in the world's second-largest economy is nearly on par with the rest of the world combined.

That's according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which released data Tuesday showing Chinese coal usage growing 9% in 2011 to 325 million tons. That means Chinese coal demand accounts for 47% of global consumption.

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