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China’s Toxic Smog Problem Is Getting Worse
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  • LivingRock

    “There’s no rule anywhere that says one must first industrialize, and there’s no reason why China must follow the Western development model.”

    Isn’t that part of the reasoning deployed to get China to sign a Global Climate Treaty? They don’t seem to be receptive.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “but may not begin to see results for at least a few months.”

    I have to ask, are you mental? The trend is for more pollution not less, as you stated in the facts leading up to this idiotic statement. This isn’t the US we are talking about, but a big government monopoly that doesn’t answer to anyone. The level of waste, incompetence, corruption, and lies in China is unimaginable to us in the west (the top 50 officials in China are worth a combined 100 billion dollars, and that doesn’t include their family’s). The only thing we can state with assurance is that until we actually see any changes, then the trend is the reality.

  • Duperray

    “however, they’d be looking at ways to hasten China’s transition into an information economy”. Info-economy is more a bubble of foam rather than a solid industrial economy. Indeed, if western economies – well developed – succeeded (so far, no grant for future) to add info-eco development, this does not mean it is THE solution. The most advanced team of software developers can actually drag much money from abroad by selling their soft as services. But the Planet does not become more rich at all for that, it is just money move from point A to point B, alike stock exchange moves. The basics must be very solid, ore transformation, farming, industrial production. Remember other foam bubbles like 1929 and 2008 subprimes…..

  • Enemy Leopard

    Chinese urbanites are not Western greens. Part of me suspects that the author, in trying to empathize with a people he doesn’t know all that well, is projecting certain attitudes onto them. They aren’t loathe to hear that coal is the cheapest energy source around. They know it well already. They’re also not naive utopians; they may complain about pollution, but they don’t really expect much to improve in the short term, as they’re much more cognizant of the trade-offs involved. A common attitude is, well, at least we’re not all starving like we were fifty years ago.

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