The export of coal from the United States to China has been big business. The huge demand for energy in China that continues to expand, has been quite a profitable venture for many of the American coal producing companies. But this is rapidly changing, as China experiences the devastating effects of pollution caused by coal and other fossil fuel based products. The 12th five year plan that the Chinese government has established is founded on a combination of public outcry and a sluggish economy. The plan is to put an industry cap on coal production domestically as well as imports and reduce the use to 3.9 billion tons by the year 2015. Their plan might not have been well thought out, as coal is already beginning to show up in piles and are unused at many of their power plants.
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