China Resumes Nuclear Power Plant Construction

China says its energy consumption has been growing too quickly in recent years, putting a strain on the country’s energy supply as well as on the environment.

“Fossil energy resources have been exploited on a large scale, causing a certain amount of damage to the eco-environment,” reads a statment in the White Paper on China’s Energy Policy released Wednesday by the country’s Cabinet.

To create an energy industry that is “secure, stable and clean,” the statement says authorities are ending a ban on new nuclear plants, encouraging more private investment in the energy sector, and developing more sustainable-energy technology.

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