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China's appetite for energy and jobs has made it a global hub for green innovation. Washington and the West will have to change their strategies to catch up.
Even as many energy plants across the world have implemented carbon capture and sequestration technologies, hundreds more heavily polluting facilities have come online. At current rates, green carbon technologies just can't keep up.
Global warming caused by fossil fuel emissions will be a difficult problem to solve. Reducing emissions by slowing growth is too painful, and neither conservation nor alternative energy sources are currently viable answers. Governments and industry should focus on promoting technologies such as "carbon sequestration" that trap harmful emissions and bury them safely deep underground.