China to Shut Down 2,000 Factories to Meet Their Energy-Efficiency Goals

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Coal has made China the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Earlier this summer, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China promised to use an “iron hand” to improve his country’s energy efficiency, and a growing number of businesses are now discovering that it feels like a fist.  The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology quietly published a list late Sunday of 2,087 steel mills, cement works and other energy-intensive factories required to close by Sept. 30.

 

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