China’s pledge to have 15 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2020 is hampered by the country’s coal dependency, a reliance that has succeeded in making it the fastest growing economy and also the largest greenhouse gas producer on the planet (recently surpassing the United States). The latter is a problem China hopes to solve with wind power, Nation contributing editor Christian Parenti elaborates on the growing industry of wind turbines, fans with the potential to increase local productivity, reduce harmful pollution and ultimately wean China off its coal addiction.

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