The Bad Earth
With Smog Above and Toxins Below, China Suffers
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  • Corlyss

    Forget the environmental stuff. China is still a tyranny with a flaccid and supine populace. The only ones who are not political no-accounts have already emigrated to the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Australia. I wish we could get more of them.

    • f1b0nacc1

      As always, you are right on target. One of the greatest strengths of the US (and our secret weapon that we hide in plain sight) is that we skim the cream off of most of the rest of the world….

      • Corlyss

        We are a nation of the perpetually dissatisfied . . . 😉

  • rheddles

    Did we suffer comparable pollution? If not why are the Chinese suffering it? Certainly the processes of 75 years ago were far more polluting than those of today even in China, simply because of ignorance. Or is it because we polluted the Atlantic instead of the mid west thanks to prevailing winds?

    • f1b0nacc1

      The scale of production in China today absolutely dwarfs the processes of 75 years ago. More to the point, the Chinese regularly employ production techniques that are far, far worse than anything the West engaged in even during our worst years. One of the (many) downsides of a totalitarian police state is that, when linked to a planned economy, virtually anything that ups the production numbers will be undertaken, regardless of the consequences.

      • Corlyss

        And let’s not forget that the Chinese open monthly one or more new coal-fired plants (which is why the Greens effort to dominate US energy policy is not about AGW or US pollution – it is about something else entirely, like controlling the economy). At the end of WW 2 US population was something on the order of 150 mil. That was probably our greatest period of pollution, and the pollution was not limited to the US – the war caused enough pollution to affect northern hemisphere temps for the duration. Compare that to the size of the Chinese population today and its projected increase for the foreseeable future.

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