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The Rock Standing in the Way of China’s Climate Ambitions: Coal

Kelly Sims Gallagher speaks with The New York Times about China's plan to peak carbon dioxide emissions and reach carbon neutrality.

Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, has promoted an uplifting vision for growth increasingly freed from greenhouse gas pollution, but turning that plan into action is already proving contentious.

The big issue is coal.

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“The longer the delay, the harder it is to achieve those midcentury targets. It’s just math,” said Kelly Sims Gallagher, a professor at the Fletcher School of Tufts University who studies China’s climate policies. China’s plan, she said, “will not have the effect of injecting new momentum into the global climate negotiations.”

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