外文标题：US consumers to blame for some air pollution from China
Washington (AFP) – Air pollution from China blows across the Pacific Ocean and ends up over the US west coast — and American consumerism is to blame for a portion of it, said a study Monday.
On some days, nearly a quarter of the pollutants in the air over California, Oregon, Washington and Portland were initially spewed into the air in China, during the making of televisions, toys, cellphones and other products for export.
“We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us,” said co-author Steve Davis, a scientist at the University of California, Irvine.
“Given the complaints about how Chinese pollution is corrupting other countries’ air, this paper shows that there may be plenty of blame to go around,” he added.
The research was led by Jintai Lin of Beijing’s Peking University, along with co-authors from the United States and Britain.
The study found that 22 percent of carbon monoxide and 17 percent of black carbon emitted in China were associated with the production of goods for export.
Black carbon is a concern because it lingers in the atmosphere, doesn’t wash away with rain and can travel long distances. Exposure can raise the risk of cancer, heart and lung disease and asthma.
The study also examined sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.
“For each of these pollutants, about 21 percent of export-related Chinese emissions were attributed to China-to-US export,” said the study, which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
From what I have seen touring China, a very large part of that pollution is from low tech industrial sources whcih includes power plants that haven’t caught up with pollution control standards that the US was using in the 1960s. I have passed by brick kilns that burn coal with no attempt at controling the draft. I have seen tall stacks at basic materials processing factories spewing brown smoke because there are no scrubbers. There are no technical hurdles. China has the cash. They could easily import all the scrubbers and other pollution control hardware they need.
Products made in the U.S.A. are out there and available wherever you shop at a reasonable price. Search the web, and look at the product label. Buy American- Doing so will reduce unemployment at home, and help our economy- And not finance a Communist Police State.
Come to my doorstep and tell me to my face that pollution is MY fault.
Let’s all wring our hands, let’s feel guilty. China doesn’t follow the same rules that our manufacturing has to. So they work cheap and they pollute. I refuse to take responsibility for the acts of a country that I wouldn’t personally freely buy anything from.
Yes, I agree Americans buy an incredible amount of useless junk from China, its disgusting. People have no idea how to invest their money they just throw it away on garbage.
What needs to be realized is we’re polluting our atmosphere. It doesn’t matter what countries land it’s happening
As long as we keep consuming at this rate, someone will have to produce what we consume… is not about China, it could be someone else. The thing is that the manufacturing process pollutes… cheap manufacturing that is.
If we don’t want pollution… is simple, pay more for a clean manufacturing process. Thing is, people want good products but cheap as it can be… so that’s why all the companies go into this crazy competition to manufacture products as cheap as they can, so that they can be the no.1 supplier/seller.
But this is one small part of the problem… the bigger part is that we keep popping kids and the world population increases while the planet’s resources deplete.
A solution could be to increase the quality of education (prooven fact that uneducated people pop more kids), abolish the monetary system and create a resource-based economy model like the one described by the Zeitgeist Movement.
OH NO NO NO!! You want to be the king of exporting cheap sub-standard junk, you have to deal with the consequences of your poor environmental policy. Part of the reason it is so much cheaper to produce goods in China vs. the US is because they have lax environmental standards, thus Chinese manufacturers are not saddled with all the extra costs that environmentally conscious US companies are. If that #$%$ is drifting to our west coast we should be charging them for it.
Nobody is forcing them to do anything. I don’t see the US military over there with guns to factory workers heads. They are the ones who CHOOSE to have an export driven economy with lax environmental standards, then brag about how fast their economy is growing. We all make our own beds. I do not see how it is the consumers fault..because it is not.
Yes, and I paid good money for my computer, TV, and half the other broken #$%$ in my house. They were all too happy to take my money. If we are going to share the blame then maybe we should be sharing the profits too.
Solution is simple, do not purchase any products from China. Or the Chinese could install scrubbers and other filters to clean the air so both the west coast and the Chinese can breath better.
Blame the greedy Chinese just want to haul all the jobs from US. They got our jobs, our money, and we have to pay deadly by our own lungs to breath toxic and pollutions air that they produced.
Deindustrialize the US then blame Americans for buying cheap goods being dumped into the market because they have no jobs and can’t afford products of any quality.
This study is asinine.
The blame is not US consumers. The blame lies clearly and totally on the Chinese government for not demanding, creating and enforcing laws and rules limiting pollution. That is the same as blaming the gun for shooting the victim. The trigger is pulled by the criminal. a gun cannot fire itself. The pollution cannot create itself.
It always comes down to it’s our fault, let me guess we should now pay a additional tax or fee, right?
Send the factories back to the U.S. and hire American workers. I, for one, would be more than happy to buy QUALITY U.S. made items once again…regardless of the price. Today, try finding anything NOT made in China to purchase.