Target: President of China Xi Jinping
Goal: Provide safer fuel than coal to Chinese families in need
A new study by the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that the use of unsafe coal will cause the aggregate loss of approximately 2.5 billion years of life expectancy in Northern China. This is believed to be a consequence of the Chinese government providing unsafe coal to all families North of the Huai River. The Chinese government should act quickly to provide these families with a form of free fuel that will not lead to their slow deaths.
Providing safer fuels to these families would, in addition to saving innumerable lives, significantly lower China’s prodigious rate of carbon emissions, which is currently the highest in the world. As China has pledged to reduce its amount of carbon emissions, it seems that the reduction of coal use by poor families would be a priority. However, the Chinese government must do this in a way that does not put further strain on these families, who are only burning the unsafe coal because they have no other options.
Fortunately, there are a variety of other energy solutions that are safer for all of those involved, while still being reasonably priced. Burn, a well-respected energy journal, notes that natural gas is only getting cheaper in comparison to coal while being significantly cleaner. Geothermal energy is also a strong possibility, given its price and the multitude of geothermic regions in China.
While the policy of providing free coal to families in need certainly seems reasonable on the surface, the hidden cost in lives makes it anything but. Fortunately, there are means for the Chinese government to provide energy to these families without endangering their health. It is their responsibility to act on this new information for the benefit of everyone living in Northern China.
Dear president Xi Jinpig,
A new study by the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that the Chinese government’s policy of providing free coal to those on the Northern side of the Huai river has had an unforeseen cost of approximately 2.5 billion years of life expectancy for the families using it for fuel. Fortunately, there are other energy options that would be almost as affordable as coal while being much cleaner, such as natural gas and geothermal energy.
As China has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions, this seems like a logical place to start. It is the responsibility of the government of China to its people to provide safer fuel for families in need.
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