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Bad Time Stories

Bad Time Stories

Government-Union Conflicts and the Rhetoric of Legitimation Strategies
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Renewable Energy in China

The environmental and social implications of energy use have not been as well analyzed as energy-economy linkages. Complete life-cycle analyses of the mining, refining, processing, transportation, conversion, and transformation of various fuels like oil, coal, and nuclear materials, all show significant impacts. While electricity has relatively few environmental and health consequences at the point of end use, key environmental and social issues arise from power generation, depending on the energy sources. Oil- and coal-fired plants not only have national impacts but also regional and global environmental and health effects. Even renewable energy sources, which are perceived to be “clean,” have some negative social and environmental impacts. Yet, access to affordable energy (especially electricity), yields substantial social benefits, often transforming the quality of life of poor households.

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