Sunday, March 10, 2013


As the EPA tries to micro-manage industrial policy in the United States using unlawful and impossible dictates, the world's worst polluter goes unmentioned in the U.S.:

In China, public anger over secrecy on environment

When China's environment ministry told attorney Dong Zhengwei he couldn't have access to two-year old data about soil pollution because it was a "state secret", it added to mounting public outrage over the worsening environment.

...The environment has already been one of one of the most frequently raised issues at the annual parliament session and China's authoritarian government has admitted it has a problem... China does not usually allow public scrutiny of governance, particularly on sensitive issues such as corruption and security. But public anger over the environment may force authorities to accommodate the public in small ways...

...A choking smog in Beijing in January, far above hazardous levels, has been one of the most dramatic signs of China's environmental problems, but Dong is convinced that soil pollution is the country's "silent killer." ... Citing "state secrets", the environment ministry last month denied a request from Dong for information on data on soil samples that was collected in a national survey that started in 2006 and ended in 2010.

...And just last month, the government acknowledged for the first time that pollution had given rise to "cancer villages", admitting that cancer rates in villages near factories and polluted rivers were far higher than they should be.

In short, while the EPA tightens the screws on America's already clean industries using flatly unlawful tactics, America's policy-makers ignore the elephant in the atmosphere.


whitehall said...

During the last air pollution crisis in Bejing, I call the California Air Resources Board and the EPA (local and DC) to get a prediction of the effects on the San Francisco Bay Area.

They offered no help yet Chinese pollution has dwarfed local sources here.

The Chinese get to pollute California air but Californians can't build a fire in their own fireplace.

xiphos said...

Still not as bad as the toxic B.S. coming out of our White House.

SteveBrooklineMA said...

Free trade! Free trade! Free trade! Sure, it looks like they can do things cheaper now, but just wait until our green power comes on line!