Thursday, January 04, 2007

China Chokes On A Coal-Fired Boom

Despite all the bad publicity China has created due to its horrendous pollution problem, this has not inspired those folks one bit to reduce its poisonous sulphur emissions; on the contrary they are seriously expanding. The IOC slogan that China is the world's best listener doesn't hold at all.

Excerpt - Free Net Press: A great coal rush is under way across China on a scale not seen anywhere since the 19th century.

Its consequences have been detected half a world away in toxic clouds so big that they can seen from space, drifting across the Pacific to California laden with microscopic particles of chemicals that cause cancer and diseases of the heart and lung.

"People can't tolerate the pollution any longer but officials only care about their political achievements of hitting targets for growth. If this policy isn't stopped, China will become a land where there are only graves, no people."

Yet Beijing has proved unable to compel local leaders to spend money on filters that could cut sulphur emissions from smoke stacks by 95%. Nor will they buy new western technology for power stations, which could operate more cleanly and efficiently.

In the capital itself, however, authoritarian orders will ensure that athletes at the 2008 Olympics breathe freely: the worst coal-burning polluters have moved out and those that remain must shut for the duration of the Games. That pristine image will be a temporary illusion. (more)

OLYMPIC WATCH: Human Rights in China and Beijing 2008

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