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12:08 PM 01/15/2014
United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said that democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China, she says, is the best model.
China may be the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide and struggling with major pollution problems of their own, but the country is “doing it right” when it comes to fighting global warming says Figueres.
“They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at,” she said. “They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet. They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest.”
Figueres added that the deep partisan divide in the U.S. Congress is “very detrimental” to passing any sort of legislation to fight global warming. The Chinese Communist Party, on the other hand, can push key policies and reforms all on its own. The country’s national legislature largely enforces the decisions made by the party’s Central Committee and other executive offices.
The Soviet bloc’s environmental track record was similarly dismal.
The Communist Party’s National Action Plan spent $275 billion to combat rampant pollution through 2017, including reducing particulate matter 2.5 levels in the Beijing region by 25 percent.
You just can't make this shit up. So the UN thinks China is the model country for combating faux global warming....and the same day, an article comes out about how dangerous their air quality is.
Air pollution spikes to dangerously high levels in Beijing
Air pollution has reached dangerously high levels in China's capital, where the concentration of toxic small particles registered more than two dozen times the level considered safe.
The density of PM2.5 particles was at about 350 to 500 micrograms per cubic meter in the midmorning, and had reached as high as 671 at 4 a.m. at a monitoring post at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. That is about 26 times as high as the 25 micrograms considered safe by the World Health Organization.
Serious air pollution plagues most major Chinese cities, where environmental protection has been long sacrificed for the sake of economic development. In recent years, China has beefed up regulations to fight pollution.
Beijing authorities say the severe pollution is likely to continue through Friday.
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