According to a recent report in Huaxi Metropolis Daily, a commercial spin-off of the official Sichuan Daily, reserves of coal in Sichuan province, which previously stood at more than four million tons, have now fallen below 900,000 tons, and a number of coal-fired power plants in the province face severe coal shortages. Said one official: “It can be said that electrical supply in the past few days has been at its most serious point in the history of our provincial power grid.” Read more about the problem facing several provinces here. In the following cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to, coal trickles down into the bottom of an hourglass and is consumed by nervous power plants, who sense that supplies are about to run out.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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