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As the Trump administration abandons numerous U.S. efforts to rein in emissions of the climate-change gas carbon dioxide over time, another large polluter is pushing ahead with an aggressive plan to slash pollution from energy producers.

China, currently the top carbon emitter and largest consumer of coal in the world, is moving to implement a cap-and-trade program that will establish a nationwide carbon market in the country.

Once in place, it will be the largest such market ever created—even though its scope is initially limited to power plants.

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According to The New York Times, China announced on Tuesday its plan to create the market, which would regulate nearly half of all the country’s fossil-fuel emissions.

It aims to incentivize the clean operation of power plants by issuing carbon credits at some point the near future, after which…

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