Fueling the Dragon's Fire: China's Coal Policy

Malcolm, Taylor (2015) Fueling the Dragon's Fire: China's Coal Policy. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Gang Guo from Political Science, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

The last few decades in China have seen unprecedented economic growth. This growth, though good for the economy, has had extreme consequences on the health of Chinese citizens as well as the environment as a whole. A major factor of this increased pollution is the country’s high consumption of coal, which has rarely comprised less than 70 percent of the country’s energy during the past 50 years. Though the media portrays a China which is making enormous strides in the field of environmental protection, the energy and environmental policies of the country suggest that it will continue using large amounts of coal in the years to come. This thesis project attempts to discover the underlying reasons for China’s coal policy and how it is affected by economic, environmental, and social factors within the country. It argues that although environmental and social factors are playing an increasingly significant role, these policies are still driven by economic concerns. Until the country places more stress on environmental concerns, coal will continue to play a large role in its energy policy.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Malcolm, Taylor
Student's Degree Program(s): International Studies and Chinese
Thesis Advisor: Gang Guo
Thesis Advisor's Department: Political Science
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Taylor Malcolm
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 16:03
Last Modified: 07 May 2015 16:03
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/368

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