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Better late than never, but China's lax regulatory policy may have already done quite a bit of harm

This is an interesting article but I think there is a glaring omission of a discussion about nuclear energy's future in China's energy portfolio. Furthermore, I think an honest assessment about enforceability of safety and managemnet provisions is necessary. Nonetheless, I enjoyed gaining more insight into the regulatory process and proposed energy policy reforms in China.

This article provides analysis of the contemporary energy crisis China is facing and what problems are likely to manifest themselves in the next two decades. The article critiques China's lack of specificity in its environmental strategies and policies and the lack of supervisory effectiveness of the administrative departments responsible for overseeing China's energy system. Although potential solutions are summarized here, the the gravity of these problems leave of doubt as to whether China will effectively be able to mitigate their impending energy crisis even if they do commit the resources necessary to make teh proposed changes in policies and administration.

This is a really interesting article highlighting the increasing importance of energy laws and regulation, particularly for China. China has one of the largest energy demands in the world and it also relies heavily on the most environmentally damaging energy source: coal. China really has a need to implement more specific laws and guidelines to make sure it is doing everything it can to reduce its environmental impact. Although not economically feasible now, I think China should start to look into other energy sources and incentivize advances in energy technology. Just within the last few years the US has been able to drastically reduce its reliance on coal and perhaps China can follow a similar pattern soon.

An interesting article, but I wonder if there is a real opportunity in China to streamline the energy management and reduce the overlap of energy regulation. Does the complexity of energy regulation and the degree to which energy affects the economy in so many ways make it impossible to have a cabined energy regulatory body?
China seems to be looking for a more accountable management body which is admirable. It has an opportunity to move from policy goals to tactical solutions, implementation plans (and results), and functional legal regimes. However, the shift must come more quickly than the 15 years between the 1997 Energy Conservation Law and today’s changes if China is to make meaningful impact on its carbon emissions in the near term.

Interesting article, surprised to see that China has not had a unified energy policy/law since privatization 20 years ago!

Great article that succinctly puts across the energy regulatory problems China is facing. It is heartening to see though that China is attempting to do something about the imminent energy crisis and I'm optimistic that the proposed energy law and initiatives will be critical stepping stones to better and more effective laws in future. Also, the fact that China, one of the largest polluters in the world, is committing (or at least trying to commit) to environmental protection, will send out a positive signal to the global community, hopefully leading to widespread concerted efforts to deter environmental degradation.

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