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Can Green Sustain Growth?From the Religion to the Reality of Sustainable Prosperity$
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John Zysman and Mark Huberty

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785259

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785259.001.0001

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Green Industry Growth in a Brown Economy

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Can Green Sustain Growth?

Crystal Chang

Huan Gao

Stanford University Press

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.

Keywords:   China, environment, local politics, energy intensity, solar, coal, SOE, subsidies, corruption

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