querying the hive mind
Were China's Olympic greening efforts short-term?
December 5, 2008
Will China's efforts to go green for the Olympics be instituted for the longer-term or for a broader geographic range?
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From everything I've heard, it seemed like they were doing it just for the 2008 Olympics.
Shutting down factories and having cars driven only every other day based on license plate numbers doesn't really sound like a long-term plan the Chinese government would be interested in.
on December 5, 2008
Just like so many other things in life, it will only continue as long as it is profitable. With the boost of tourism now behind it, much of that will have disappeared. If the "green revolution" continues and people gain a preference for environmentally friendly goods, then it very well could continue.
on December 5, 2008
Bloomberg (19 hours ago)
China to Raise Retail Fuel Taxes, Abolish Road Fees
China, the world's second-largest energy user, will increase retail fuel taxes and abolish some fixed charges for car owners next year to spur the use of more efficient vehicles and to meet energy-saving targets....
The country wants to curb fuel usage to reduce oil imports and to help cut pollution in major cities.
I think as with any industrializing nation China will reach, or already has reached, a point where environmental degradation is unsustainable and unpopular. Certainly in terms of the recent wave of melamine- and other-contaminant-related deaths there has been a huge increase in awareness of such issues. China does not have an effective way for popular opinion to be expressed and so probably tends more toward these sweeping all-of-a-sudden reforms. But I think you'll see more of this.
on December 6, 2008
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