China's ‘war on pollution’ is long overdue

03/11/2014 5:47 PM

03/11/2014 5:47 PM

Air quality will be the dominant issue in China this year.

It affects the health of more than a billion people in that country. But it also affects tourism and China’s ability to grow.

Last week, Li Keqiang, China’s premier, at the annual meeting of the nation’s legislature said the country must wage war on pollution. Certainly, it’s long overdue.

China is the world’s No. 2 economy, but it can’t continue as one of the world’s worst polluters. China has to play catch up to U.S., not in economic growth, but in air, land and water quality.

Pollution in the U.S. had been horrific leading up to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. Pollution reduction efforts have enabled industries to grow and natural resources in this country to remain cleaner.

Now the push is on for green energy further reducing the U.S. dependence on fossil fuels. That has to be the direction of the world because human consumption of fossil fuels is worsening climate change, threatening weather conditions of the planet.

Much work remains unless Republicans are successful in turning back the clock on government regulations. The U.S. only needs to look at China and developing nations to see what this country never wants to be like.

China, meanwhile, needs to turn to the U.S. to learn the best practices here so they can be instituted in that heavily populated country.

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