>> A northern China, a long winter is coming and the shortage of natural gas could leave many out in the called. Millions trying to keep warm in an icy start of the season has sent demand soaring and prices are also skyrocketing. In the past, homes and the industry in China were powered by coal leading to seriously smoggy winters.
This year, the government ordered millions of homes to switch to gas, hoping for clearer skies. Reuters' David Stanway says that gamble may have backfired.>> They're converting coal-fired boilers into gas. This is all part of their campaign to cut pollution. And some people suspect that they have moved too fast this year, converting vast swathes of the countryside.
Fast ways of industry from coal to natural gas. It's come to soon and its been expensive process.>> It's also forcing the provinces to keep a lid on supply, near the capital of Beijing, obey is ordering shops and factories to cap there power. China's state planner also ordered eight regions to meet with gas companies to keep the market in check, although the central government might have to bargain to help clear the blankets of pollution.
>> It's a logistic issue, which can be solved in theory, and I'm wondering if it's the local government's engaged in brinkmanship here, trying to get more resources from the central government to handle these problems. And if a few villages go cold this winter, if a few villages have to implement special measures to have alternative supplies of power or heat, I think Beijing will consider that a price worth paying.
>> Now it's a race against the clock to keep the industrial heartland pumping and families from freezing.