Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The law of unintended consequences.

Og on how the US EPA indirectly contributed to the crappy air at the Beijing Olympics.

The Biggest Polluter In The World


Anonymous said...

I have spent a fair amount of time in Beijing over the years. It is definitely one of the more polluted cities I have been in but I will say that Jakarta or Mexico City can give it a run for its money on a bad day.

The pollution is bad. What can you say about it? But as the locals told me, their economy was great and ours was in the tank. We made our choices as a country and now we get to enjoy them.

The one comment I will always remember from my time in China was one of the locals who when asked about the lack of freedom, he said 'you can't eat freedom'.

Neat country. Just you have to get out of the cities and see the back country.

og said...

Tam: You're the biggest polluter? Damn. I thought it was Algore.

Word verufication: Fecuzi. I wonder if that's what water bugs call a toilet?

Brad K. said...

Tam, blaming our EPA for the Chinese choosing to release pollutants is silly.

The one holding the tool is responsible for using it well, and safely.

Tam said...

Brad K.,

There is a certain tongue-in-cheek element to this.

og said...

So if Mommy takes the shotgun out of Daddy's hands ands gives it to the whackjob down the street and he uses it to murder the entire neighborhood, that's the whackjob's fault entirely, is it?

Sure. The chinese are making all the pollution. Why does it exist? because the EPA forced the manufacturing out of this country. Eventually the chinese would have done this on their own, but the destruction of the US industry is the prime mover.