Posted 01 February 2013 - 00:35
I've heard stories of Chinese officials giving factory owners privilege, not because they're rich, but because there is so much value placed on economic growth. So if the government goes to him and says "hey don't do this" or "don't do that", he can say fine, I'll just shut down my businesses, and that's enough to shut them up. This unfortunately is a big reason for pollution being such a problem. Even if there is a policy of environmentalism, government officials don't want to be responsible for shrinking the economy of their jurisdiction.