posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 08:35 AM
I have family in China and they agree it is getting unbearable.. I can't help but think of the USA since we also burn coal like mad..
Coal burning everywhere in the world might end up with the atmosphere looking like one big volcano.. It might take awhile, but I'm sure people will
start dying from it much sooner.
Coal generates 44% of our electricity, and is the single biggest air polluter in the U.S.
So.... All the talk from "our dear leaders" about needing the average person to pay for not doing anything about it, is a joke, is it not?
Sure our air quality is good most places, but for how long...
That there are that many polluters in the USA still churning out the "global warming gas" unchecked, says that we will be joining China sometime in
the future wearing gas masks on the way to work.. The only thing the USA is doing about this is asking the populace for money to find an alternative
that doesn't include shutting off production of said pollutants.
here is the thing that i have noticed but never seems to be included when talking about pollution especially "coal use pollution". have you noticed
that the countries that have this problem to such a major degree are all "poorer" countries? the reasons given are typically things like not
stringent enough rules for industry polluting, companies ignoring pollution regulations due to not enough enforcers, graft, too long to get to court
so they will just wait it out and make more money while doing so, diesel vehicles and poor maintenance of vehicles etc. but the ONE THING i NEVER SEE
is the fact that most of these places with such bad smog have a couple things in common. the HIGH POPULATION DENSITIES in those very bad areas,
normally big cities with MILLIONS of INHABITANTS. what does this have to do with anything? the second commonality. that being that a fair portion if
not most of the people tend to be poor, and being poor don't tend to have things like electric or even gas stoves for cooking (not to mention that
many poor peoples houses are too small to even put a stove, and can be stacked 4 or 5 houses high on top of each other). so what do they use instead?
COAL OR WOOD FIRES (and in areas that get cold, add heating). now thinking about that you might ask why this would be such a problem, after all a lot
of us have cooked on a charcoal BBQ, they don't put out that much smoke. but think about MILLIONS of BBQ's going at once, a fair number of them all
day long. i live in one of those cities. yes vehicles pollute, especially unmaintained diesels, and when standing on a major road it does stink. BUT
move away from the road and you no longer smell it, but you DO ALWAYS no mater the time of day or night,or where you are, SMELL ONE THING, SMOKE. in
fact i have a "caterer" on my street and at times there is so much visible smoke you would swear the house is on fire, but no they are just cooking.
i believe that those COOKING FIRES are actually more at fault than anything else for the smog and pollution.
so how can this be fixed? it wouldn't be easy to do. first off you need to get everyone to use electric or gas stoves. this in it's self would be an
issue as not only can most of these people not afford the electricity or gas, forget about the stove. but then there is the issue of where they would
put something like that since a stove would take up far too much room in a 10 foot by 5 foot home, and the homes built on top of other homes, that are
often built of junk which would create a MAJOR fire hazard (and when there is a fire in these areas HUNDREDS of people LOOSE EVERYTHING), to
complicate it even further most of these people are "informal settlers" (most would call them "squatters") and don't even own the land. it's bad
enough trying to clear them out when someone who actually owns the land wants to build, (mini wars start over it). yet they ARE EVEN PROVIDING BETTER
HOMES, but the people don't want to move anyway. so how to deal with that? then on top of everything else, this type of cooking is traditional, which
would make for another hurdle to jump.
so while "Cracking down" on things like factory and vehicle emissions would definitely help you have to deal with the "cooking problem" if you
want to have any real effect. i figure it would take YEARS with FULL MILITARY FORCE used to "try" to move these "informal settlers" which i am
sure would send all the liberals in the west into a full blown freakout over the force that would be NEEDED to move these people. and as soon as they
clear out one area and move on, people would just sneak right back and rebuild, as happens all the time. then if you managed to get them to stay in
the "resettlement areas" (just think of how much the "Palestinians" like that), you would need to somehow provide people with a stove and figure
out how most can afford the electricity and gas to run it, not only that, you would have to try to get them to leave "tradition" and then you would
also have to train them to USE a modern stove. all in all it almost seems like a hopeless task, but you won't get rid of the smog and pollution until