Sunday, November 06, 2011

The GOP sees our future in the past

If the GOP gets its wish to abolish all those "job crushing" EPA regulations, our cities could look like this again:

Doctors warn the residents of Beijing, breathing this "fog" could be hazardous to their health. Indeed, the US Embassy in Beijing has air monitors that found the pollutants in this so called fog "so hazardous that it exceeded measurable levels." Yet the Chinese government terms the city’s air “slightly polluted.” Perhaps they were measuring it from inside their enclosed spaces where Beijing's wealthy citizens and political elites make copious use of high end air purifiers.

There was a time in our past when Los Angeles looked very much like present day Beijing. The photo at that link is from 1943 and that level of pollution persisted well into the 70s. But then the US government invented air pollution regulations. Today, it seems the GOP's greatest desire is to return us to those good old days before such regulations existed. Helluva dream for our future.

[Photo credit Mark MacKinnon via Tom Lasseter.]

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Glad you mentioned China. Yes, I've been there and the air is worse than the picture would suggest. At times I was quite sick from it.

But China isn't really Communist anymore, but a corrupt collusion between government and business that has the power to ignore and suppress public sentiments. That's just what these pretend "Conservatives" are looking to do.

8:20:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The parallels are striking. And the smog is horrifying.

10:09:00 AM  

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