"Last year, China consumed as much coal as the rest of the world, but if it hadn't made all these efforts, it would have been much worse," said Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum. She said that the smog that has overtaken many parts of the country in recent months has given China's Ministry of Environmental Protection a foot in the door in regulating coal-fired power plants and will allow it to develop a framework to control greenhouse gases and pollutants together.
"The 'Airpocalypse' could be the best thing that's happened, in that it has started a different kind of conversation about the cost of coal," Turner said. "It's a good thing. Especially when you control them together, it raises the cost of coal, which is a good thing."
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