|China May Be the Death of the Environmental Movement|
I am all for a green planet, cleaner water and air. Since there a lot of people
watched the Olympics and China moved a lot of factories to clean up around the
Bird Nest stadium, lets take a look at what is happening to China and their
environmental impact on the world and the U.S in regards to pollution. Air
pollution became a big issue in China as to whether the Olympics would even be held.
China is the world’s worst polluter, in their quest for cleaner air, China
cannot (or will not) try and stop or control their heavy polluting of
particulate matter, mainly soot, ashes and coal dust. Even though China moved
their factories for the Olympics to reduce air pollution and clean up around the
Olympic site, they did not shut down these factories.
“Smog, soot and other particles like the kind often seen
hanging over Beijing add to global warming and may raise summer temperatures in
the American heartland by three degrees in about 50 years, says a new federal
science report released Thursday.”
Our “Do Nothing” Congress wants to put massive tax burdens on the U.S. taxpayers
to control climate change through a cap and trade system. This system is only a
tax plan for the states to receive massive amounts of tax dollars as Senator
Barbara Boxer promised the states large amounts of money (ear marks) to help
Congress pass the Cap and Trade bill.
See CG previous Post: Cap and Trade Bill, Really a Tax with little Benefits.
Since China is the number one polluter in the world, what can they do to clean
up their mess? Remember China and India were exempt from the KYOTO Protocol
Treaty and the U.S. did not sign the treaty due to China and India’s exemption
and other reasons.
China Pollution Picture Credit” B Howdy
“The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the international on Framework Convention
for Climate Change with the objective of reducing greenhouse gases in an effort
to prevent anthropogenic climate change.”
Many Amercians had excellent arguments for the U.S. Voting against the Kyoto
Protocol because of the disastrous effects on the U.S. economy and putting
Americans out of work. Even the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly against the
Kyoto Protocol. A person writes the reason he opposed it:
Check out this person’s Reason for opposing Kyoto Treaty.
So can China clean up their act and get their pollution problems under control?
Not very easy according to an article from Climate Skeptic:
“I have written on a number of occasions that, years from now, folks who would
like to see meaningful reductions in man’s negative impacts on the environment
are going to look back on the global warming charade as a disaster for their
movement — not just in terms of credibility, but in terms of lost focus on real,
meaningful improvements.” Source Coyote Blog.
“China is a great example. Like London in the 19th century or Pittsburgh in the
early 20th, China’s air quality is a mess. Real steps need to be taken to clean
up the air, for the health and safety of its residents. The Olympics might have
been a venue for people around the world to apply pressure to China to clean up
“But, in fact, there is little real pressure from outside for China to clean up
the soot, unburned hydrocarbons, NO2, SO2 and other such pollutants from its
vehicles and coal plants. That is because all the pressure, all the attention,
is on China’s CO2 production. But there is nothing China can do to slow down CO2
growth without killing its economy and probably destabilizing its government in
the process. So, it gives the world a big belching burp of pollutants to such admonitions.”
Chinese soot is causing more problems than Co2 and the Chinese cannot stop their
gigantic manufacturing machine. Also, millions of Chinese workers have come into
the big cities to work and China has to create millions of jobs to keep the
workers satisfied and this means enormous clouds of soot belching into the
atmosphere that is floating to the California shores and causing environmental fallout.
There is good reason to worry about China’s environmental challenges. Consider
for instance that, “Of 142 countries for which environmental sustainability was
evaluated, China ranked 129th.” The consequences for environment degradation
affect socio-economic losses, heath costs, and even increasing rates of natural
disasters. It is impossible to put an exact price on the cost felt by society,
but there are a number of poignant examples that will get the point across. We
will start small and work our way up: consider, “the annual loss of $250 million
arising from factory closures due to water shortages in a single city, Xian.” Or
mull over the fact that, “losses of crops and forests due to acid rain amount to
$730 million per year.” Increasing in cost there is, “the $6 billion cost of the
‘green wall’ of trees being built to shield Beijing against the sand and dust,
the annual direct losses due to desertification ($7 billion). The losses from
pollution and ecological damages ranged from 7% to 20% of GDP every year in the
past two decades.” Then there are the health costs. “About 300,000 deaths per
year are attributed to air pollution. Average blood lead levels in Chinese city
dwellers are nearly double those considered to be dangerously high and to
endanger children’s mental development.” There are certainly grounds for concern.
Other problems contribute heavily to particulate pollution including burning
wood fires and read the rest of the story from Climate Skeptic .
“Which is a shame. Unlike for CO2 abatement, there are real technologies that
are proven to be economic that can abate the worst of China’s pollution
problems. Had we instead been spending our moral capital pressuring China to
take such steps, there might be real progress.”