China suffers natural gas shortage as coal ban backfires
December 15, 2017
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have commandeered supplies of natural gas to heat homes, forcing chemical plants and factories to shut down, after efforts to clear smog-choked air by banning coal use backfired by causing energy shortages in frigid weather.
The disruption highlights the government's difficulties in its campaign to clean up China's smog-choked cities and reduce reliance on coal.
The latest shortages stem from Beijing's effort since 2013 to shift 3 million households in China's north to gas. That boosted demand while supplies failed to keep pace.
The overall economic impa...