From the CPC roll call site
“In China’s thousands of years of civilization, the conflict between humankind and nature has never been as serious as it is today… The depletion, deterioration and exhaustion of resources and the worsening ecological environment have become bottlenecks and grave impediments to the nation’s economic and social development
– Environmental minister Zhou Shengxian (中国环境保护部部长周生贤)
Said in an essay published on the environmental agency’s web site. Zhou argued that the government needs to take a more aggressive role in determining whether development could contribute to climate change.