As Pollution Worsens in China, Solutions Succumb to Infighting

This article proclaims that China is facing very serious pollution problems that are greatly affecting the health of their citizens. With China’s projected continual economic growth it is expected to have an increase in coal consumption and automobile sales, which will worsen the already severe pollution problems. The government has attempted to improve solution slightly, but have felt pressure from corporations to delay efforts to reduce coal consumption and pollution.  Specifically oil companies and power companies have been influencing these environmental policy debates and laws. These posses the question of how much pollution is worth the continued economic growth. Personally I believe that the government should institute pollution permits that can be bought and sold by companies and would regulate the amount of pollution a company could produce. If these regulations are enforced strictly this would help reduce pollution and provide incentives for companies to decrease pollution.

 
 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/world/…

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One Response to As Pollution Worsens in China, Solutions Succumb to Infighting

  1. Nicky Tynan says:

    This is a good article and a good suggestion. Most cap and trade programs have been introduced late in a country or sectors development. If China could introduce a cap and trade system now, this could have a significant impact in determining the future path of energy investment.

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