For 2012, the MLR has taken a different approach to the allocation of mining quotas. The first difference is that the ministry does not appear to have published a single list of mining quotas allocated to the provinces and regions, as it has in previous years
The real point of modernizing railways, and the major reason for China's global push for High Speed Rail, is the increased movement of cargo - a shift in passenger traffic to the new high speed routes frees up space on older, now congested legacy lines.
China has been relying heavily on coal (over 70% of domestic energy consumption) and petroleum for energy to maintain its supercharged economic growth - it has plenty of the former and now has to import nearly 50% of the latter. Underutilized methane gas holds great promise.
China relies heavily on coal-at over 70% of the nation's energy consumption-and petroleum to power its supercharged economic growth. It has plenty of the former (by far the world's largest producer*) and now has to import nearly 50% of the latter. Coalbed methane constitutes a significant, comparatively untapped resource that is only now seeing serious attention.
The development of China's ambitious fuel ethanol market still faces significant uncertainties due to a shortage of feedstock for fuel production, a lack of mature product standards and unclear pricing policies.