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Chinese Air Pollution Pegs-the-Needle as Suffocating Citizens Left Gasping for Air
Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 01/17/2013 7:37:33 AM PST by Reaganite Republican

Measurement 'literally beyond index'

Despite glowing words of praise from admirers in the neo-commie Obama Administration, by any measure -social security, health care, unemployment benefits, whatever- the booming China of today hasn't got much to do with socialism.

Indeed, government handouts are far more prevalent in the US, and modern Chinese 'communist' leadership -who run a tight ship and enjoy a budget surplus- have
come right out and said that American entitlement culture (with Obama as it's primary cheerleader) is precisely what's destroying us.

So tell me who's the capitalists now: the Chinese may live under an oppressive dictatorship, but they learned not to restrain or hinder the economic driver that is free market capitalism. It's often a corrupt, crony capitalism there -rivaling even the kleptocratic Obama regime(!)- but unlike in the US today, Beijing appears to be making sure the job-creators are creating as many of them as possible.

What hasn't changed from the days of Mao is the DICTATORSHIP part, which goes-hand-in-hand with a complete and utter disdain for the value of human life. This chilling calculation effects many decisions throughout the country, and can be seen in China's 2000+ mining deaths per year
-as compared to 21 in the US- or the reckless growth of Chinese cities largely still heated and powered by low-grade 
coal (they produce/consume half the world's output). Now packed with immigrants drawn to urban employment, China's roads and freeways are bumper-to-bumper with new drivers in cars, alongside oil-buring two-stroke motorcycles- and it's really getting out of control.

The Soviets trashed the environment obscenely in a desperate, failed 40-year effort to keep up with the west economically, so add the same communist we-do-as-we-please attitude to China's massive population and powerful economic momentum and you have a place -like Beijing- where there's simply no air to breathe anymore, period:

NASA's Earth Observatory this week released startling before-and-after photos of northeastern China, where residents in Beijing and other cities have been suffering from suffocating levels of smog and air pollution. 

The satellite images, embedded below, were taken from the same position in space, 11 days apart; the top photo was captured on January 14th, the bottom on January 3rd.
Perhaps most terrifying, though, is the fact that NASA's images weren't even taken at the height of China's smog crisis.

When the January 14th photo was captured, Beijing's air quality index (AQI) stood at 341 — well above the 300 AQI threshold at which air is considered to be hazardous to all humans, but far below the city's high point. Conditions reached a nadir, in fact, on January 12th, when the AQI in Beijing reached a staggering 775.

According to independent air quality monitors at the US Embassy, PM2.5 particle pollution readings in Beijing over the weekend were literally "beyond index."


Alas, shares in a major Chinese breathing mask manufacturer have been soaring on the Beijing exchange- while as typical in any dictatorship, it's the common man who's paying the (heavy) price. But the Beijing government refused to release pollution figures until just recently, as they were loathe to admit they even had a problem (another bad, old communist habit, doncha know):

But WE AMERICANS need to punish job-creators with cap-n-trade nonsense, drive cars named 'Volt' or 'Leaf', and install poisonous curly-cue lightbulbs at $50 a pop...? 

Just so China can cut every corner imaginable and run economic circles around us?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Weather
KEYWORDS: beijing; china; chinapollution; chinasmog; crisis; pollution

1 posted on 01/17/2013 7:37:42 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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2 posted on 01/17/2013 7:41:36 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
Can't be true.

(Communist) China is, after all, the very model of a forward, progressive, modern society that the Democrats want us to emulate.

(Communist) China is Utopia! Right?

3 posted on 01/17/2013 7:47:25 AM PST by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Where’s Green Peace on all this????

That’s right, they won’t criticize fellow Communists. Professional courtesy.

4 posted on 01/17/2013 7:58:00 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: eCSMaster

But...but... the Kyoto protocols! They were going to help clean the world’s air!

What?! China was exempt from that?


5 posted on 01/17/2013 7:59:10 AM PST by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: alancarp

Where’s the goricle (algore) on all this????? Oh, wait...he sold out to oil interests for $100,000,000. Suckers.

6 posted on 01/17/2013 8:01:25 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

All ALGORE’s low paid Apple employees are being killed.

7 posted on 01/17/2013 8:02:19 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: Reaganite Republican

The fedgov taxes American companies that shift their production and pollution to China who ship the final product to American retailers. The fedgov gives the collected taxes to people who don’t have jobs. These people then spend that money at the retailers, thus completing the spiral.

8 posted on 01/17/2013 8:15:19 AM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Semantics, one man’s smog is another man’s efficiency haze. No need to see past 100 yards in a city anyhow.

9 posted on 01/17/2013 8:17:51 AM PST by WinMod70
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To: eCSMaster

It’s Utopia if you’re in the party... same as with the Obammunists, but the rest of us are chaff

10 posted on 01/17/2013 8:23:52 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

The GW admirers would like to exempt China from ANY environmental restrictions while choking the life out of the US economy.

11 posted on 01/17/2013 8:44:06 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

‘stop reporting on the pollution problem’
Our MSM is so well trained they won’t report on the problem,oh wait Obama owes the money.

12 posted on 01/17/2013 9:04:23 AM PST by Vaduz
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