Originally posted by Philippines
Maybe the large carbon footprint Americans have when compared to the 3rd world?
you can actually even THINK that living in the Philippines? WOW.
in all honesty i have to think "3rd world" countries have a MUCH BIGGER
"carbon footprint". and it has NOTHING to do with manufacturing
, or even things like vehicles spewing out exhaust for that matter. i have
NEVER experienced SMOG in North America, like i have in Manila. not just smog but SOOT everywhere coating everything, turning white and grey buildings
BLACK. heck a lot of people here may only have a light bulb or two, NO refrigerator, a small tv or radio, heck most DON'T even HAVE HOT WATER or if
the do it is limited to the shower, and heating is not even needed. so why SO MUCH SMOG? see the MAIN POLLUTERS are NOT things like factories and
vehicles but the fact MOST PEOPLE COOK ON COAL, or WOOD FIRES in fact unless you are on a major roadway, all you smell constantly is FIRE/COAL SMOKE.
this is much like i have always read of descriptions of LONDON many years ago where even SNOW was turned black from all the SOOT in the air. in fact
"industrialized nations" have likely done far more in LESSENING the POLLUTION and CARBON EMISSIONS then they currently PUT OUT, just due to most
heating/cooking/hot water, not USING COAL OR WOOD FIRES.
even OUT in the PROVINCES (or as most North Americans would say out in the country), there tends to be SMOG, especially around TOWNS (where more
people are). out in the provinces not only do you have SMOG from COOKING, but added on to THAT you have all the burning of rice plants and chaff
(other plant materials from other crops), once it has been separated. HUGE BONFIRES EVERYWHERE. driving through it seems that you are SURROUNDED by
fires, everywhere you can see there seems to be more and more fires as far as you can see, sending smoke billowing up into the air. and yet again you
smell fire everywhere.
and you somehow THINK there is more pollution in North America?
once i am back in North America, i finally stop spitting up BLACK PHLEGM from
all the SOOT IN THE AIR.
Me personally, I believe that consumerism is the problem. If people stopped buying manufactured "stuff", would the emissions stop?
The US corporations have moved overseas to China as well. If they were polluting in the USA would that be better?
yeah i really feel bad for the Chinese not only do they have all the smog created from coal and wood fires and such but then the ALSO have a lot of
manufacturing, with far less stringent emissions control ON TOP of it. no wonder their smog is so bad, they have the worst of everything when it comes
if the SAME manufacturing was done in the us it would put out FAR LESS pollution than they do in China, since China doesn't seem to care at all about
pollution, so i guess it would be better as it would be LESS POLLUTING.