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10/04/2011

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Jaward Chohan

As the previous leader in industrialization it is the duty of the United states to share it's knowledge of not only how to bring about the industrialization of an entire country, but also how to do so without damaging the environment in the process. One of the great contributors to air pollution in China is the growing popularity of the automobile. It took America and the rest of the Western world almost a hundred years from the advent of the car to begin worrying about the environmental consequences of burning gasoline. Only in the last 20 years has the government learned how to regulate the automotive industry, forcing it to create vehicles that are far less damaging to the environment. Car manufacturers cannot be left to reign in emissions on their own because it would be more profitable for them not to. This lack of regulation by the Chinese government is the cause of the rampant air pollution. The United States needs to work together with China to create its own system of regulations because as shown in the video, the damage to the environment affects the whole world.

Jared Curran

And we, the US, are still in the process of learning. Recently, cars like the Volt have been released that claim to be electric vehicles, although they are still technically hybrids. Even with cars like the Tesla coming out that are completely electric, this does not account for the way these cars are charged. Sure, less energy is required to charge an electric vehicle than goes into a gas tank, but non-renewable resources are still at risk and growing populations overtake any gain that cleaner cars make environmentally. I think promise in all countries lies in moving toward renewable resources like wind, solar, and technological advances in nuclear fission/fusion that make them safer to use.

Also, I cannot believe that China is simply ignorant of the effects of their vehicle emissions. Global warming and other consequences of pollution have been discussed by the scientific community for decades. There is power in the consumer mindset that drives not just the Chinese people, but also American people to do now what might be bad later. This power outweighs environmental concerns when companies are regulated only by the will of the people. American government has made strides to instill a culture of green in its populations - what is causing the the Chinese government to ignore the problem? Furthermore, most are more than willing to wait until the air catches fire to realize that pollution is a devastating issue - here and elsewhere.

Dev

Very interesting insight you have Shahn. Watching the video made me consider China's future problems as well as we (as America) have faced as well. Lately, technology has been shifted to become more efficient rather than progressing in other ways. I understand and agree with you when you say that China must find more efficient means of energy, but how can they do so? What will drive them to make this shift in progress different? I think the video was several years old and I'm curious to see how China's future (from the video) has panned out and how it will continue to do so. Unfortunately, environmental-friendly efficiency is quite expensive and not a pertinent goal for companies when they consider how to make a drastic shift from their current energy sources to new ones.

Hopefully you are right and China has learned and will learn from the United States and their economical boom. I look forward to seeing how China continues to deal with the problems they face and how technology might change accordingly as well.

Jaward Chohan

While the United States and Europe are still in the process of learning it is still possible for China to observe what eventually brought about the shift in the West towards environmentally friendly industrialization. Public awareness of the problem leads to actual change. The government exists to serve the people and as long as the people are unaware of a problem they will not supply the driving force to the government to bring about regulation. To effect a change a movement must be made from the bottom up. If education about the environmental damage done by pollution was more aggressively campaigned then the population of China would demand that the government begin regulation of the auto industry. Just like in the United States, it is up to the scientists to spread awareness of the pollution problem so that hopefully no more damage will be done the planet's atmosphere.

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