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Environment anger shows need for reform (2)

By  Global Times (Global Times)

09:58, October 25, 2012

Opposing voices should legally be allowed to improve the democratic policy-making process.

In the long run, heavy chemical industries will be concentrated in certain areas of the country. Like in some developed countries, specialized heavy chemical industry zones can provide alluring job opportunities and welfare compensation, attracting many young people.

The high compensation will be balanced out by the value added to the raw material, and the price will eventually be paid by all of society.

The resistance to heavy chemical projects reflects the public's reluctance to sacrifice their own interests for public gain, but it is also raising society's legitimate expectation of high pay for the high-risk projects. A final balance will be reached between fear and high returns.

If the process takes too long, society will also have to suffer the consequences, given the significance of this industry to China's development at this stage.

The government should guide this process which involves competing interests. But heavy chemical projects have been used by some opinion leaders to further their political appeal. The public is not fully informed on this issue and sometimes takes an unrealistic stance.

Heavy chemical projects are now being stonewalled everywhere. This problem must be solved.

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