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China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire
TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Adam Taylor

Posted on 01/15/2013 6:48:07 AM PST by blam

China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire

Adam Taylor
January 15, 2013

China's smog problem is reaching historically high levels, with air quality in parts of the country now 40 times higher than standards set by the WHO.

There's also serious visibility problems — and these can have real ramifications.

State news agency Xinhua reported Monday that a fire in a 1,000 square foot factory in China’s Zhejiang province went unnoticed for 3 hours as locals couldn't tell the difference between the smoke and the smog blanketing the area. By the time anyone noticed, the fire was out of control.

When firefighters finally arrived, it took them 10 hours to finally put out the blaze.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; pollution; smog

1 posted on 01/15/2013 6:48:14 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

Oh come on give them a break, and all their weapons are defensive too. Ask Jackie Chan. Dictatorships are the best.


2 posted on 01/15/2013 6:50:49 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: blam
a fire in a 1,000 square foot factory in China’s Zhejiang province

1,000 sq ft? That's my tiny.

3 posted on 01/15/2013 6:51:34 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: blam

Obama’s always praising the Chinese system, I guess this is just a communist form of providing free smoking to everyone.


4 posted on 01/15/2013 6:53:39 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: SampleMan

And 10 hours to put out? What were the firefighters using, Solo cups?


5 posted on 01/15/2013 6:53:56 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: blam

Historically, communist nations have been the worst polluters on the planet.


6 posted on 01/15/2013 6:54:08 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: blam

Looks like Pittsburgh in the 1930’s.


7 posted on 01/15/2013 6:57:29 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: All

so er, why does EPA Gives Money to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection... for this?


8 posted on 01/15/2013 6:59:19 AM PST by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: blam

This is what happens when restrictive EPA rules chase manufacturing out of our country.

Our country polluted a bit, but not near as badly as China.

So what we did was make our restrictions so tight that companies moved to places that do not restrict at all.

But the EPA knows that the air we breathe stays right above us , it doesn’t go all around the world. So China’s smog does not affect the USA, or the rest of the world./

Yes folks that is Sarcasm.

The truth is that by over restricting the pollution in the United States we simply are making matters worse for the world, by letting countries like China pollute much worse than we ever did.

We all breathe the same air, we all share in the pollution of the world when over restrict in this country we merely make matters woprse.


9 posted on 01/15/2013 7:05:11 AM PST by Venturer
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To: SampleMan

they make miniature pandas


10 posted on 01/15/2013 7:07:20 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: blam

Thank you for making the case about why environmental regulations are needed . . . because most companies won’t do it on their own.


11 posted on 01/15/2013 7:08:23 AM PST by ksen
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To: ksen

Our environmental regulations have exported our pollution.

Better now? I thought so.


12 posted on 01/15/2013 7:13:44 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: ksen

Talk about missing the point in spades.


13 posted on 01/15/2013 7:16:07 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: listenhillary
Our environmental regulations have exported our pollution.

Pretty sure greedy corporations wanting to earn more profit by cutting environmental corners exported their pollution.

But I give you +7 for finding a way to blame the US government for China's pollution problem.

14 posted on 01/15/2013 7:25:47 AM PST by ksen
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To: American in Israel
Talk about missing the point in spades.

And what was the point?

15 posted on 01/15/2013 7:27:47 AM PST by ksen
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To: ksen

Have you stopped using all of the products that are made in China and outside the USA where the company would be in violation of current EPA regulations?

Why not? Put your money where your mouth is. Or do you have clever way to rationalize it?


16 posted on 01/15/2013 8:14:52 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary

Yeah, that doesn’t even address any point brought up, but thanks anwyway!


17 posted on 01/15/2013 8:27:04 AM PST by ksen
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To: blam

All that smog and China is importing contaminated food to the United States and the United States is exporting healthy food to them.


18 posted on 01/15/2013 8:31:12 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: ksen

You are responsible for the pollution, unless you live in a solar heated cave. (That still wouldn’t absolve you.) Yet you like to whine about evil companies polluting the environment.


19 posted on 01/15/2013 8:34:26 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: blam

One of Beijing's worst rounds of air pollution kept schoolchildren indoors and sent coughing residents to hospitals, but this time something was different about the murky haze: the government's transparency in talking about it.
While welcomed by residents and environmentalists, Beijing's new openness about smog also put more pressure on the government to address underlying causes, including a lag in efforts to expand Western-style emissions limits to all of the vehicles in Beijing's notoriously thick traffic.
LINK
20 posted on 01/15/2013 8:35:11 AM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: ksen

“Thank you for making the case about why environmental regulations are needed . . . because most companies won’t do it on their own.”


Only ignorant ones. During my entire working career, every company I worked for did their best to recover as much of their “pollution” as possible as those were valuable chemicals, metals, minerals, solvents and it would have been stupid and cost ineffective to let them go to waste. But don’t let that ruin your religion of all companies are bad.

The EPA did overreact and did forced companies to send manufacturing offshore.

The last place I worked, was harassed by the EPA/DEC (NY) because our outfall water contained less copper than the incoming water supply from the town. They being government nazis could not comprehend that we were so efficient so we must have been cheating. They forced test after test until finally they insisted on a firm from Canada to do the testing and finally gave up.

The same JBTs also ASKED us to buy fuel oil from a company they suspected of selling contaminated fuel oil. ONLY because of their request did we buy a shipment of fuel oil and 6 months after they tested the oil and NEVER got back to us we had to start burning it. Well all of a sudden they found a way to get even for the Copper problem (above) and fined us for burning contaminated oil that they asked us to buy.

There is a reason the EPA is buying ammo because they will be one of the first scum to be targeted when this all collapses.


21 posted on 01/15/2013 8:51:13 AM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: Rio

I don’t think the problem is with the cars. It’s all the coal belching power plants.


22 posted on 01/15/2013 9:24:21 AM PST by DManA
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To: blam

if only they signed Kyoto agreement...Bush’s fault! /sarc


23 posted on 01/15/2013 9:30:10 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: DManA
"I don’t think the problem is with the cars. It’s all the coal belching power plants."

Yup. Look for high levels of methylmercury to start turning up in all the food sources...especially fish.

24 posted on 01/15/2013 9:31:02 AM PST by blam
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To: Wurlitzer

They should have just cloaked the pollution in “Richard Windsor’s” EPA cloaking device.


25 posted on 01/15/2013 10:47:13 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: blam
It wasn't that long ago that Tokyo traffic cops took "oxygen" breaks every two hours to clear their lungs. The smog in downtown Tokyo was not quite as bad as the Chinese version but not that far off the pace. I think their problem was caused by motor vehicles not industry.

Regards,
GtG

26 posted on 01/15/2013 10:47:17 AM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Don Corleone
China's Smog Emergency Can Be Seen From Space

Twenty five Percent of the smog present in the Los Angeles area today, originates in China.

27 posted on 01/15/2013 10:48:35 AM PST by blam
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To: ksen
Point:

Free America

Centrally planned China

Soon the sky in the USSA will look like the USSR.

Socialized Russia

Carbon Monoxide Emissions

The point is that minding the Ecology is a rich mans game. If the government will let people be free, ie. not try to control everything, free countries clean up their own pollution. But in all the places where there are despotic centrally planned governments trying to regulate everything, pollution spirals out of control. AS YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE with your own eyes.

But socialism stresses the ears to hear orders and mouths to repeat them. Eyes are useless, after all are you going to believe what you are told, or listen to your lying eyes.

28 posted on 01/15/2013 6:25:06 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Don Corleone; All
7 posted on 1/15/2013 8:57:29 AM by Don Corleone: "Looks like Pittsburgh in the 1930’s."

I thought exactly the same thing.

Keep things like this in mind when nations like China, India, and Brazil attack the United States and Europe for being hypocrites, trying to deny developing nations the opportunity to improve themselves by doing exactly the same things that America and Western Europe did a century or a century and a half ago.

They have a point.

29 posted on 01/16/2013 4:32:07 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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