In the face of the climate crisis, China and the U.S. are partnering up to develop better jet fuel that’s not only cleaner, but also cheaper — if all goes according to plan.
It’s been three years since China joined California in producing jet fuel, and just a few months ago, it surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest producer, according to the Air Force.
Now, it’s looking to snag the title of global jet fuel producer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Making jet fuel at this scale means we are finding new ways to use electricity and natural gas to harvest energy,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. “This is a major step forward for the state’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
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As China and the U.S. develop the technology to reduce carbon emissions, jet fuel has become an increasing issue for airlines. Any fuel company worth its salt, will be looking to produce the fuel that’s going to decrease emissions.
The uncertainty in jet fuel has to do with the budget and the rise of renewable energy, like wind and solar.
Experts who spoke with the Los Angeles Times, contend that jet fuel remains an important strategy to tackling global warming because it’s still cheaper than installing the grid to generate more renewable energy.
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Whether China and the U.S. earn their spot as global jet fuel producers, they’re already working together on more research, and they will most likely continue working together to reduce the greenhouse gas emission.