China’s energy needs drive uranium search – Mary-Anne Toy

From the Sydney Morning Herald, via Google News (link):

CHINA began its mission to become a nuclear power in 1951, when it signed a secret deal with Russia under the guise of developing clean . But half a century later its voracious energy needs mean it is actually focusing on developing for peaceful purposes.

China’s energy self-sufficiency ended in 1993, when it was forced to become a net importer of oil to meet the demands of its surging economic growth, and although it is the world’s second-largest consumer of oil after the US, its fuel of necessity is . It is the world’s biggest producer and biggest consumer of , but the resulting from its reliance on freely polluting , much of it brown with a high sulfur content, is unsustainable.

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