Monday, May 11, 2009

New York Times has marble contest...

TIANJIN, China — China’s frenetic construction of coal-fired power plants has raised worries around the world about the effect on climate change. China now uses more coal than the United States, Europe and Japan combined, making it the world’s largest emitter of gases that are warming the planet.

But largely missing in the hand-wringing is this: China has emerged in the past two years as the world’s leading builder of more efficient, less polluting coal power plants, mastering the technology and driving down the cost.

While the United States is still debating whether to build a more efficient kind of coal-fired power plant that uses extremely hot steam, China has begun building such plants at a rate of one a month.
Personally, I wasn't aware that we were in a competition with China to see which country could build the most coal-fired power plants. Secondly, the headline is disingenuous:

"China Outpaces U.S. in Cleaner Coal-Fired Plants"
The headline should read:

" Current Administration promised to bankrupt coal-fired plants, and his lemmings are letting him do it...and China is kicking our ass in this faux competition overseen by the NY Times..."

Of course, the US outpaces China in freedoms, convenience stores, brands of ice cream, life expectancy get the idea. However, this "journalist" finds this comparison necessary for some reason. I've seen other blogs point out that US journalists were incessantly anti-American. I guess this is one of those journalists.

Incidentally, what was all that nonsense during the last Summer Olympics about air quality? It must have been my imagination, but there seemed to be a filthy haze all around the venues. Anyone who has ever been to the metropolitan centers of mainland China knows just how filthy and lacking in environmental respect they really are. I'm wondering if KEITH BRADSHER has every been there...and I shouldn't have that concern from a regional journalist.