Chinese Premier Promises Steps to Help Environment – AP

From AP via the LA Times:

Premier Wen Jiabao pledged Friday to help clean China’s air and water and combat global warming by phasing out tax breaks and discounts on land and electricity for highly polluting industries.

“More work on energy conservation and emissions reduction is urgently required to deal with global climate change,” Wen said. “Our country is a major coal producer and consumer, and reducing polluting emissions is a responsibility we should bear.”

China’s coal habit has made it a major contributor to greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide, which scientists say contribute to global warming.[Full Text]

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