China Charts a Course for Blue Skies
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  • Douglas Levene

    It’s not completely true that the central authorities lack control over the provinces. It is true that the Government in Beijing lacks direct control. However, the real power in China is the Communist Party, and the Party’s central apparatus (the Operations Department of the CCP) appoints all the Provincial Governors and many mayors and SOE executives. Of course, the major criteria for promotion in the Chinese system is economic growth in the region/company that the politician/executive has been running (the other major criteria is loyalty to the Party). If that is changed to take account of pollution, then China will see progress on the environmental front. Otherwise, not.

  • bpuharic

    Interesting that their recognition of the social and human costs of pollution contrast with our free market fundamentalists who think no regulations are necessary since the market speaks ex cathedra, cannot fail and will solve every probem

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