China Fighting Pollution

China’s National Development Reform Commission which has been charged with leading the fight against pollution reports both encouraging and discouraging news. They closed down 12 projects worth $44 billion due to lack of proper pollution controls and delayed approval for over a 100 other projects until standards are met. Ma Kai of the Commission indicated overall there has been progress “but the energy consumption and pollution” continue being ongoing problems.

China is near the end of its initial two decade drive to become an economically advanced nation and like others in the past, it has rushed forward at the expense of conserving natural resources.