Monday, May 12, 2014

What The Supreme Court’s Latest Air Pollution Ruling Means:Nothing!


 What The Supreme Court’s Latest Air Pollution Ruling Means:    “Today’s ruling means that the big polluters’ days of dumping pollution on our citizens without consequence are over,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in a statement. “EPA will now be able to do its job and protect the American people from dirty air, and I applaud the Court for its ruling.”

The case involved a challenge to EPA’s “Cross-State Air Pollution Rules,” (with the peculiar abbreviation CSAPR). When a power plant emits carbon dioxide, soot, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and mercury, those pollutants don’t stay put inside the borders of any particular state. “Pollution does not respect state borders or know the difference between lungs in the Midwest or lungs in New England,” Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) said in a statement.

What about our worst offender China? We all get their massive and growing pollution starting with California!


   Air pollution from China is blowing across the Pacific Ocean to the U.S. West Coast and causing at least one extra day of smog each year, according to a new study. The most alarming news from the study: The pollution that reaches the West Coast is largely a by-product of production of consumer goods for the U.S. and Europe.

“We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us,” said U.C. Irvine Earth system scientist Steve Davis, a co-author of the study. “Given the complaints about how Chinese pollution is corrupting other countries’ air.

First 'Orange' Pollution Alert as Smog Rolls into Beijing but where the hell is the Red alert?

Cars travel on a road amid heavy haze in Beijing on Feb. 21, 2014. /Reuters

 First 'Orange' Pollution Alert as Smog Rolls into Beijing:  The orange level, the second highest, advises schools and kindergartens to cancel outside sports classes, but falls short of ordering school to close and keeping government vehicles off the road, provisions which come into force with the "red" level.                                           

   Some residents welcomed the announcement. Others asked why more was not being done. "Excuse me, but do the PM2.5 measurements have to explode off the charts before we see a red alert?" said a user of weibo, China's twitter-like microblogging service.

China’s pollution hits critical stage

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A policeman gestures as he works on a street in heavy smog in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on Oct. 21.

200,000 people die every year in China because of air pollution.

Beijing's Pollution Alarms Neighbors, environmental secrecy angers public and the world

  Microbloggers, state media and even delegates to this week's session of the National People's Congress, the largely rubber-stamp parliament, were already critical of the government for poor air and water quality. Now they are also expressing disquiet over the scarcity of information about the environment available to them.

*The bad news is that the country's hell-bent drive towards industrialization has brought in its train a host of collateral problems, not the least of which is pollution. Last month Beijing's air pollution soared past levels considered hazardous by the World Health Organization (WHO).

*Prior to that, the government often played down the pollution in Beijing, insisting it was merely fog, despite evidence to the contrary that was plain for all to see. Earlier this year, following public pressure resulting from hourly air-quality readings first published in 2011 by the U.S. embassy in Beijing, which Chinese authorities had previously denounced as "foreign interference," the municipal officials took notice. 

Pollution in China is one aspect of the broader topic of environmental issues in China. Various forms of pollution have increased as China has industrialized, which has caused widespread environmental and health problems. According to the World Bank in 2007, 16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in China.[1][2]
 *China, in Guangdong it is Province is made up of four small villages. It is the location of what may be the largest electronic waste (e-waste) site on earth.[1]: Once a rice village,[9] the pollution has made Guiyu unable to produce crops for food and the water of the river is undrinkable. Guiyu as an e-waste hub was first documented fully in December 2001 by the Basel Action Network.

For example, a November 2008 news story by 60 Minutes, a popular US TV news program, documented the illegal shipments of electronic waste from recyclers in the US to Guiyu. While taping part of the story on-site at an illegal recycling dump in Guiyu, representatives of the Chinese recyclers attempted without success to confiscate the footage from the 60 Minutes TV crew.

                                                     * 10 most polluted countries in the world

 Latest industrial pollution to batter China environment:  BEIJING, Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials said Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country’s battered environment.

About 100,000 kilograms of fish were cleared from 40 kilometres of the Fu river in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing “local government investigations”.

I was overwhelmed thinking about the dire state of the environment in China in every respect then I was thinking wait a minute Fukushima's nuclear fall out has greatly affected Russia, Japan, and the entire world not to speak of Chernobyl.

 Russia has made many environmental disaster area's in many former USSR countries. Much of South America is a mess, the United States has it's great amount of guilt and is now concentrating and fracking our frigging country to pieces for gas and oil.

Canada is doing its share with its grotesque oil sands in Alberta that they want to pipe through our heartland and its aquifers and wildlife migratory areas.  I saw countries in South America where it was impossible to eat the food grown as it is in areas of China. These areas are all over the world.

We don't even want to get into the ocean with its numerous growing dead spots and continent size garbage swirls. Remember the pirate problem down around Somalia? We created them. At one time we had permission from tribal elders to dump all our nuclear and electronic waste in what was there fishing area and we killed everything forcing them into piracy. What we don't know about our pirates. We do this all over the world!

China was the focus at the outset but every continent every country is doing its share to destroy the only planet, the only place we have to live and the powers to be could care less that they are destroying it for their gain. I am disgusted!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma 

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