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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:46am by Tom Holland

    ... government's efforts to encourage mainland officials to go green, all the incentives it gives to clean-energy investment, and all the subsidies it offers to zero-emission electric vehicles will make little difference. In fact, in the case of electric vehicles, generous subsidies could actually make the pollution worse. The problem is the mainland's main source of energy is coal- ...

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    China a green energy leader? Don't make me laugh

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... March declaration that "we shouldn't pursue economic growth at the expense of the environment", the report applauds Beijing's emphasis on investing in clean energy. It says ... the Pew Charitable Trusts announced that "China is the world's leader" in green technology, having invested US$65 billion in clean energy last year. Thanks to all this investment, ...

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    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... growth. So far, all is reasonable, conservative and uncontroversial. It's with the next bit of the report that things begin to come adrift. According to the working group, this conjunction ...

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    It is time for Hong Kong to get real about water pricing

    Posted Jul 31st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The wet stuff is too cheap, so residents waste it, but growing demand on the river that supplies the city means we have to learn to conserve it It is time for Hong Kong to get ... the government came up with some innovative measures to conserve fresh water. It installed a separate piping system to provide seawater for flushing the city's lavatories. It set aside almost ...

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    It pays China to block global deals on climate and trade

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 03:19am by Tom Holland

    ... launching a cap and trade system and introducing clean-energy subsidies. Britain, for example, has subsidised expensive wind power by imposing a levy on energy bills. That's pushed up energy prices for industry, helping to push manufacturing offshore. Much of the business has switched to China, where coal-fired energy is cheap. According to one study by Oxford University, if you were ...

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    The US$50b a year reason China's elite love tax havens

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 01:13am by Tom Holland

    ... including a whole range of tax breaks and exemptions. Alongside cheap land and discounted energy bills, some local governments allow foreign-invested enterprises to import capital goods without ...

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    Hong Kong needs a fresh policy on water before the taps run dry

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... Services Department, the Buildings Department, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the Environmental Bureau. A new report by Liu Su and Jessica Williams at the think tank ...

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    Chinese investors should avoid Britain's rotten egg rail project

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 12:55am by Tom Holland

    ... and relieving overcrowding- are contradictory. Kinetic energy is proportional to the square of velocity. As a result, if you double a train's speed, you multiply its required stopping distance ...

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    The plenum speech Xi Jinping ought to deliver (but won't)

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 02:32am by Tom Holland

    ... supports. We have nurtured our young economic enterprises with cheap capital, a cheap currency, cheap labour, cheap land and cheap energy. Thanks to these supports, we have grown fast and grown ... will be granted full freehold ownership over their property, with the right to sell or mortgage it at market prices. Fifth, in recent years the state has assisted Chinese industry with generous energy ...

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    Don't kid yourself that electric taxis are green

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The new vehicles on HK roads are as red as ever if the energy used and gas emissions produced in making them are taken into consideration Don't kid yourself that electric ... have to wonder what he's been smoking. BYD boasts its e6 cars have zero emissions. This is nonsense. For one thing, it takes a lot of energy to manufacture battery-powered cars. BYD's ...




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