• Apr 17, 2008
The city of Beijing has drawn widely-publicized controversy due to its poor air-quality leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympic games. In fact, the air pollution is at least two to three times higher than levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization at this very moment. To ease the minds of the competing athletes, the city of Beijing is taking steps to improve the situation and has promised clean air for the games. Officials in Beijing have already cut the number of vehicles driving in the city in half by alternating what vehicles are allowed to drive each day and have asked more people to ride bikes. Now, they've banned car repairs and spray painting until after the games are over. We are all for the athletes rights to breathe clean air, but we also have to wonder about the economic cost associated with cutting out all automotive repairs and painting.
[Source: Motor Authority]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      put the well being of the athletes to the side and economics how about the health of the people who live there that shows how much money talks they dont care about the wll being of them selfs or there people but you get some people of high status and presto they move mountains for them its pretty sad they need to get there PRIORITIES straight because something about this article doesnt speak i care for the people who really matter the people who are in that environment everyday breathing that gunk in and pay taxes to keep that place running if it werent for the common people there would be no Beijing............ And they say chinese people are smart doesnt seem it to me at least not when there government is representing them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Every country in the world pollutes, some just worse than others. China is kind of like how England was at the start of the industrial revolution. The consumer wants cheap goods and China can provide this by cheap labour and no money spent on enviromental protection. If you want to stop this than quit buying products made in China.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hard to believe China is asking their city dwellers to ride bikes. I was in Shanghai a half a dozen times over 10 years ago when cars were virtually a novelty. The 4 lane highways were empty and our car was practically the only car on the road. Driving through that city, the bicycle riders dominated the roads and wouldn't move over for the cars. By the way, air pollution was horrendous even without the automobiles. It's probably worse now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I THINK THAT NOT LETTING CARS GET REPAIRED IS REALLY IGNORANT WAY TO GO. IMAGINE IF ALL THE CARS IN THE U.S. DIDNT HAVE NEW PLUGS AND WIRES AND THE TIMING SET TO A PARTICULAR SETTING? tHE HORRIBLE FOG THAT USED TO BE.. WOULD SOON BE BACK! CHINA STILL USES TETRAETHYL-LEAD IN IT'S GAS AND THAT ALONG WITH THE COAL REALLY MAKES THE AIR FILTHY. I TRULY PITY THE OLYMPIANS!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Initial results of the "keep half the cars off the road" initiative are that it failed miserably. Not just at cleaning the air, but even at just getting cars off the road.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So if you have an hole in ur exhaust or your car wont pass smog test..... it cant be repaired?

      Some problems cause pollution but dont prevent ur car from being driven.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's exactly what I was thinking, they can't seem to make any quality products over there, nobody ever said common sense reigned supreme
      • 6 Years Ago
      Carpool time. Or maybe ride a scooter like most of Vietnam does.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you make it sound like 'Nam is in China
        Greg
        • 6 Years Ago
        China's in the PERFECT position to START a trend to BUILD all electric cars. Zero Pollution. Charging stations could be set up every mile. They've already built the world's largest hydroelectric power plant that could SUPPLY all the electrical needs for decades to come...

        Question is, how far AHEAD do they want to think ? Or does "success" to THEM mean congested, polluted cities and freeways?

        They aren't impressing ANYONE presently, who ELSE thinks China is missing opportunites, by creating positive, well thought out EXAMPLES of what a nation should be like ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      why we have made so much pollution?we burn the coal。
      why we have burned so much coal ?we need eletricity。
      why we need so much eletricity?we have to manufacture cheap shirt 。
      why we have to manufacture so many shirts?you americans want them ,you want to have nike ,we have to produce them with one dollar profit。your company are exploiting our worker,
      is the cheap labor means human right? what can i say?“Pride & Prejudice”?
      you poured milk into river,you are pouring rublish into china,the used computer and others.
      i have nothing to do with our chinese government.
      you know nothing about your media that want to satisfy your,that want to please you and want to dupe you.
      air in china is bad,soul in your heart is dark.

      • 6 Years Ago
      To the guy up there that said the USA has just as much/more/bad polution as China:

      LOL.

      I've been to Bejing. I've been ot LA. I've been ot NY and London and Paris and pretty much every large city in the Northern hemisphere.

      The air in Bejing makes LA, on a hot summer day, feel like a fresh spring medow by compaison. It's a cesspit as far as the air goes.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I've been to Shanghai, and it's very clean, except where the river with all the ships, river's clean but the air there wasn't that fine.

        I do know beijing is damn polluted, and china has alot of ass cleaning to do, but before the public is rich or educated enough, to them it doesn't matter more than the $1 USD wages for that day for survival; the government can do nothing.

        To summarised, a human's life in china wasn't worth that much compared to US, to look at things from a larger perspective, the country has plenty of people to get rid of, and the lesser the better, for the long term sustainability of the nation, which is always the more important agenda. At least the chinese government did not go around the world screwing up other people's countries using lies, and throw in young people with bright futures to get killed by enemies that initially doesn't exist.

        In short, from a country which is of neutral views, I understand china's problems, I also see US politician's plot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      must have a lot of auto accidents over there. Is there a better explanation?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Having been to Beijing recently, I think the pollution thing is more hype than real. Those who don't know what Beijing looks like can check this out : http://www.kinabaloo.com/beijing.html Strange how you never see the real Beijing on TV ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      A meaningless, temporary measure for appearance's sake. If it improves the air at all, as soon as the Olympics are over things will go right back to being as bad as they were.
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