China: 5 Reasons our smog is awesome
posted at 9:32 am on January 16, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
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.
A 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.