Massive Pollution in Asia Ignored by Confused Eco-Left
by Lewis LoflinTweet
A "brown cloud" of toxic chemicals and soot is covering Asia, the Middle East, Brazil, and Africa as backward third-word dictatorships ignore it and the eco-left demands that America become more third-world. Ranging from Cairo, Egypt, to Arabia, Iran, to India, China, and Korea, one continuous massive cloud drifts as far as California.
In the US every left-wing environmental group is working feverishly to shut down modern industry and power plants that don't produce this kind of poison. In fact these very "brown cloud" countries are exempted from the Kyoto Treaty that will cripple the western economies, which seems to be their real goal.
This "brown cloud" is the byproduct automobiles, power and industrial plants lacking in modern pollution control devices. Throw in slash-and-burn agriculture as once practiced by American Indians before Europeans came and invented modern agriculture, along with wood, coal, and dung burning cook stoves, it's no wonder thousands die in these countries every year of respiratory illness. As the Times reports, this brownish haze is "sometimes in a layer more than a mile thick and clearly visible from airplanes..."
The problem is so bad the UN has become hysterical. Pollution in many Chinese cities is "leading to decreased crop yields in swaths of rural India, say a team of more than a dozen scientists who have been studying the problem since 2002...The report identified 13 cities as brown-cloud hot spots, among them Bangkok, Cairo, New Delhi, Tehran and Seoul, South Korea...smog blocks from 10 percent to 25 percent of the sunlight that should be reaching the city's streets." Gaolong, China was singled out as the worst where sunlight has been reduced 20%. More about Gaolong below.
Other news reports are now coming in that global warming prophecies are wrong as global cooling sets in and now they claim to have the answer why their computer-model prophecies failed. To quote, "in fact, the scientists who worked on the report said the blanket of haze might be temporarily offsetting some warming from the simultaneous buildup of greenhouse gases by reflecting solar energy away from the earth.
Greenhouse gases, by contrast, tend to trap the warmth of the sun and lead to a rise in ocean temperatures. Climate scientists say that similar plumes from industrialization of wealthy countries after World War II probably blunted global warming through the 1970s. Pollution laws largely removed that pall."
Let me understand what they claim; we clean up pollution in our modern nations, and that causes global warming, (which they haven't proved is even man-made and turns out in 2014 is not happening), but now the global cooling in 2008 (that wasn't in the computer model prophecies) is caused by Asian smog. Now what is causing glaciers to melt if not global warming?
"The black grime that falls to earth ends up on the surface of the Himalayan glaciers that are the source of water for billions of people in China, India and Pakistan. As a result, the glaciers that feed into the Yangtze, Ganges, Indus and Yellow Rivers are absorbing more sunlight and melting more rapidly..." Chinese expert claim "these glaciers have shrunk by 5 percent since the 1950s and, at the current rate of retreat, could shrink by an additional 75 percent by 2050." So now it's soot and not global warming. Now I understand.
So it has nothing to do with CO2 and never did.
Then we get this shocking information: "Although the clouds' overall impact is not entirely understood...they might be affecting precipitation in parts of India and Southeast Asia, where monsoon rainfall has been decreasing in recent decades, and central China, where devastating floods have become more frequent."
They claimed that was caused by global warming, now it's brown clouds. OK, so what is the excuse as to why all the killer hurricanes that were predicted after Katrina due to global warming, but never appeared and where they now claim global warming stops their formation?
There's a lot they don't understand. Yet the eco-fundamentalists try everything possible to reduce the West to this kind of third-world economy, but ignore all of the results. If Americans are denied affordable energy and driven into needless poverty by the hysterical and irrational beliefs of the eco-fundamentalists determined to return us to "nature," what will be the result? The millions of acres of forest, much of that America returned to starting about 100 years ago, will disappear.
Modern farming allowed millions of acres of marginal farmland to go back to forests. We have far more deer, bears, etc. in my home area of Appalachia than we did 100 years ago. Before people will starve or freeze to death they will cut down every tree for firewood and kill every animal for food. Do we want that?
The ecology movement in the West is not about brown clouds, deer or trees, but mindless fundamentalist' religion. Like all fundamentalists they can't be reasoned with, and abuse science in an attempt to support their anti-human dogma that man and technology is somehow evil and defiles the earth. (See Origins of modern environmental religion) That if we give up the "sin" of being above nature and return to some mythical Eden, everyone will be happy. Tell that to the deer one will be cooking over the campfire. Ref. New York Times November 14, 2008
Solar Energy Firms Leave Waste Behind in China (solar panel and toxic pollutants)
Washington Post March 9, 2008; A01
GAOLONG, China -- The first time Li Gengxuan saw the dump trucks from the nearby factory pull into his village, he couldn't believe what happened. Stopping between the cornfields and the primary school playground, the workers dumped buckets of bubbling white liquid onto the ground. Then they turned around and drove right back through the gates of their compound without a word.
This ritual has been going on almost every day for nine months, Li and other villagers said.
In China, a country buckling with the breakneck pace of its industrial growth, such stories of environmental pollution are not uncommon. But the Luoyang Zhonggui High-Technology Co., here in the central plains of Henan Province near the Yellow River, stands out for one reason: It's a green energy company, producing polysilicon destined for solar energy panels sold around the world. But the byproduct of polysilicon production -- silicon tetrachloride -- is a highly toxic substance that poses environmental hazards.
"The land where you dump or bury it will be infertile. No grass or trees will grow in the place...It is like dynamite -- it is poisonous, it is polluting. Human beings can never touch it," said Ren Bingyan, a professor at the School of Material Sciences at Hebei Industrial University.
The situation in Li's village points to the environmental trade-offs the world is making as it races to head off a dwindling supply of fossil fuels.
(Excerpt) Read more at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/08/AR2008030802595.html"
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