Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Professor Wang Quoted in New York Times Article on China's Pledge to Reduce Coal Consumption in 2020

November 21, 2014 -- Professor Alex Wang commented in an article in The New York Times on why China's new plan may indicate further action on climate change in the U.S.

China’s recent announcements on coal consumption and the 2030 emissions peak could weaken arguments in the United States by opponents of President Obama’s climate change policy, who often ask why America should act if China is not committed, said Alex L. Wang, a law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles who studies Chinese environmental policy and regulations.

“Opponents of climate change regulation in the U.S. have long used China’s emissions as an excuse for inaction on the U.S. side,” he said. “Last week’s joint announcement is the beginning of the end for this line of argument.”

Read the article.