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An American in China

China Cutting the Power Supply to Cities to Control Energy Consumption

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 9, 2010

China is now the worlds largest emitter of green house gases and is consuming more energy than any other country in the world. This energy demand has the chicoms nervous as they worry about social instability (due to rising gas prices) and an increase in pollution. Their solution is to shut down power plants for a day or more at a time, thus blacking out a city. They believe that they cannot trust the locals to stem their flow of electricity consumption so are taking matters into their own hands. Thus, many cities have blackout imposed on them from above….

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