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China: 5 Reasons our smog is awesome

posted at 9:32 am on January 16, 2014 by

A reader sent this to me after reading my earlier post on Beijing’s massive smog cloud, and the UN climate chief’s assertion that China does environmentalism right. Actually, China extolls the egalitarian qualities of its poor air quality, and considers pollution a nationalist feature rather than a bug:

Much of China has been suffering through choking smog in recent weeks, which has hampered daily activities and forced the closure of schools. In response, state broadcaster CCTV published a list of reasons documenting the benefits of smog. Yes, benefits.

Time magazine translator indicated the following CCTV rationalizations for smog:

1. It unifies the Chinese people.
2. It makes China more equal.
3. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China’s economic development.
4. It makes people funnier.
5. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology and the English word haze).

That’s some interesting rationalization.

That’s not the final word on the subject, either. Beijing claims that smog is great for national defense … perhaps because no one in their right mind would choose to live there.

This was just too good to leave as an update in the front-page post.

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China Number One.

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Obama is president of the wrong country. He missed his true calling.

Sherman1864 on January 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

No worries, Darkcurrent will be along shortly to tell us all that its just some of that wonderful communist Chinese fog. The greatest fog on earth by the way.

Bmore on January 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

No worries, Darkcurrent will be along shortly to tell us all that its just some of that wonderful communist Chinese fog. The greatest fog on earth by the way.

Bmore on January 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

LOL,

Fog is not that big a problem anywhere in China because DarkCurrent can look out his window and see a piece of blue sky. And besides China makes stuff, don’t you know.

HumpBot Salvation on January 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Really puts the need for this in perspective…

mintycrys on January 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

If environuts really cared about the environment and not about getting governments to control every aspect of your lives, they would be protesting China’s pollution in front of every Chinese embassy and consulate they could find.

Bigfoot on January 16, 2014 at 10:34 AM

If environuts really cared about the environment and not about getting governments to control every aspect of your lives, they would be protesting China’s pollution in front of every Chinese embassy and consulate they could find.

Bigfoot on January 16, 2014 at 10:34 AM

But they certainly won’t let facts and consistency get in their way, will they? If Apple wasn’t so loved by the left, the blood on Apple’s hands would create a whole new wave – Occupy Cupertino!! Eleventy++++

It’s all emotional appeal for lefties, starting with baby seals and continuing through the XL pipeline – facts have no role. What cracks me up the most about their inconsistency is the multiculturalism that says all cultures are equally valid – until one starts discussing the accomplishments and cultures of the English-speaking world. Hey, idjuts, if you really hate everything about my culture, go get your own calendar, your own language, your own university system, your own common law, your own values!

DublOh7 on January 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

5. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology and the English word haze).

When you have nothing else, you can always talk about the weather.

This is an example of knowledge for the sake of having knowledge.

blammm on January 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

The number one reason:

It steals money from America…

We handcuff our industry with regulations, and allow our competitors to do whatever.

If we were true to the environment, true to creating a better world, we would force them to follow the exact same regulations we impose on our businesses.

right2bright on January 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM

3. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China’s economic development.

Spot on.

no one in their right mind would choose to live there

Says guy who lives in Minnesota?

At least here in Shanghai people live a bit longer than over there on average…

DarkCurrent on January 16, 2014 at 3:23 PM

The number one reason:

It steals money from America…

America is stupid

We handcuff our industry with regulations, and allow our competitors to do whatever.

If we were true to the environment, true to creating a better world, we would force them to follow the exact same regulations we impose on our businesses.

right2bright on January 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Don’t blame China for America’s stupidity. It’s a domestic product.

DarkCurrent on January 16, 2014 at 3:26 PM

It’s not smog. It’s smug.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Ed, if you read comments here, might I suggest this as a topic for at least a headline post?

DarkCurrent on January 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Air Pollution In China: Real-Time Air Quality Index Map

*cough*

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 4:43 PM

*cough*

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 4:43 PM

It’s true, being the world’s most populous nation with the largest automobile market, largest manufacturing base and fastest growing major economy isn’t so great for the air quality. But what can ya do?

DarkCurrent on January 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

This story reminds me of a Chinese restaurant in Portland. No, not Hung Far Low. Wan Lung, or as I call it, One Lung.

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Christien on January 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Excellent link. Thanks, I’ll HT you. ; )

It’s true, being the world’s most populous nation with the largest automobile market, largest manufacturing base and fastest growing major economy isn’t so great for the air quality. But what can ya do?

DarkCurrent on January 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

There are always communist versions of OSHA, EPA and other regulatory burdens which could be administered. Make sense? Its a big player in moving manufacturing out of this country. Worked real well in fact. Maybe you could suggest it to the folks in charge next election cycle. You know run some folks to the left of left. Or something.

Bmore on January 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

There are always communist versions of OSHA, EPA and other regulatory burdens which could be administered. Make sense? Its a big player in moving manufacturing out of this country. Worked real well in fact. Maybe you could suggest it to the folks in charge next election cycle. You know run some folks to the left of left. Or something.

Bmore on January 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I’m working within the UAW to export organizing to China. Think of all those dues paid to the Int’l bro-hood!

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

There are always communist versions of OSHA, EPA and other regulatory burdens which could be administered. Make sense? Its a big player in moving manufacturing out of this country. Worked real well in fact. Maybe you could suggest it to the folks in charge next election cycle. You know run some folks to the left of left. Or something.

Bmore on January 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I’m working within the UAW to export organizing to China. Think of all those dues paid to the Int’l bro-hood!

Murphy9 on January 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

…then JugEars could start campaigning in China!

KOOLAID2 on January 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM

As a friend of mine (ex-USA stationed in ROK on the DMZ) puts it, it’s socialist smog, so not only is it harmless, it’s good for the entire world.

Yes, he was being sarcastic, but it’s amazing how many environmentalists would agree with that statement.

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eon on January 16, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Ed, if you read comments here, might I suggest this as a topic for at least a headline post?

DarkCurrent on January 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM

You must be so proud of your country.

Solaratov on January 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Even Mother Jones not all that happy about China:

http://m.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/08/why-china-wants-us-grown-pork-chops-part-2-land-edition

Sherman1864 on January 17, 2014 at 12:20 AM

As seen on TV!

Shy Guy on January 17, 2014 at 4:58 AM

Jay Carney says he couldn’t have done better himself.

InterestedObserver on January 17, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Solaratov on January 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM

I hope you found the linked article educational. You wouldn’t have otherwise heard about it if HA were your only source of news.

DarkCurrent on January 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Cause I know you’ll check. Sunglasses anyone? Lolz!!!

Bmore on January 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM