Lack of coordination across governmental units and pollution in China

An article in the New York Times (March 24,2013) describes pollution levels in Beijing and blames the lack of coordination between the ministries managing the environment and state owned enterprises managing the oil and power. Thus, while the pollution control authorities mandates fuel standards and pollution controls for coal fired plants, those rules are ignored by the corresponding state run agencies that operate them. How should the need for low cost power and attainment of growth goals be coordinated with the public good from lower pollution ? Should downstream users of this power be charged based on their power source using a carbon tax ? How should the consumers preferences be used to impact increased coordination to reduce pollution?

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One Response to Lack of coordination across governmental units and pollution in China

  1. Jinghan Tian says:

    In fact, in China, the committee which can set standards for oil and power is composed of the people from those huge state-owned enterprises and some experts. It is hard for people to set harsh constraint on themselves. The conflict of interests is there always.

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