Chinese capitalism and the environment

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    Here is a link to the yahoo news story about air quality in Bejing.

    Air pollution in Beijing goes off the index - Yahoo! News

    Is it really that bad? Any idea what our cities scored or would have scored back in the day when folks used coal to heat their homes?

    What I read is "this is the lack of regulation our companies must compete with".
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right - the air's so thick ya can cut it with a knife...
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    Beijing Air Quality Worst on Record
    January 13, 2013 - Beijing is under an extreme smog warning Sunday, with pollution at hazardous levels for a third day, and people warned to stay indoors.
    Beijing’s air pollution goes off the index
    Mon, Jan 14, 2013 - EXACERBATING: One of the factors causing the extreme air pollution was a lack of wind as pollutants can easily accumulate and fail to dissipate, a health expert said
     
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    You think they have capitalism. Bless your heart.
     
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    If yer going to Beijing, China be sure to wear a gas mask on yer face, if yer going to Beijing, China (sung to the tune of If You're Going to San Francisco)...
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    Beijing warns residents after off-the-charts smog
    13 Jan.`12 — Beijing schools kept children indoors and hospitals saw a spike in respiratory cases Monday following a weekend of off-the charts pollution in China's smoggy capital, the worst since the government began being more open about air-quality data.

     
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    It does seem to be a pretty good example of what happens when you lack comprehensive oversight, regulation and effective enforcement of regulations. It is easy to get the impression that this is the system many conservatives would prefer.
     
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    Granny says good luck with dat one...
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    China plans rules against air pollution
    Mon, Jan 21, 2013 - THROUGH THE HAZE: Authorities are increasingly concerned about air quality because the issue plays into popular resentment over rising inequality and political privilege
     
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    But China is very highly regulated.
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right - when ya go to visit, don't drink the water...
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    China’s Other Pollution Problem: Water
    January 23, 2013 — When chemicals recently contaminated a river in China’s northern Shanxi province, it took authorities five days to report the incident. While the mayor offered an apology and chemical plant officials were dismissed, the spill ended up affecting drinking water in several cities downstream.
     
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    Smog so thick ya can cut it with a knife...
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    Beijing smog levels go off scale
    Wed, Jan 30, 2013 - HEAVY HAZE: The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center air quality index at noon yesterday was 414, while the US embassy’s reading was 475, which is ‘hazardous’
     

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