Green Industry Growth in a Brown Economy
In this chapter, we explain the paradox of China’s green industry growth in an otherwise “brown” economy. We argue that the promotion of green industries should be viewed not as a commitment to an energy systems transformation, but rather as part of the Chinese government’s efforts to diversify its energy mix and extend the country’s export-led industrialization model. At this time, China lacks the type of coalition between policymakers, environmentalists, and industrialists necessary to drive and sustain a broad green growth strategy. Such a coalition is unlikely to emerge as long as the Chinese government - especially organizations at the lower levels - continue to own polluting industrial assets and suppress grassroots social organization.
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