Friday, January 18, 2013

Dangerous Air Pollution in Beijing: The U.S. without an EPA

   Take a look at this photo of Beijing's air quality- this is NOT fog, it's pollution. Be thankful we have an EPA. Conditions in Beijing, China on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, show what happens when a country doesn't have air pollution restrictions and laws that we have thanks to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    People wear masks to go outside, because the pollution is so bad.  Sunday was the third day that air pollution in the city has reached dangerous levels. The public was advised to stay indoors and to avoid strenuous exercise. Kids couldn't play in the parks, runners couldn't breathe when they tried running. This is serious and this pollution also travels around the world, which is another reason WHY we should care. China needs its own EPA and pollution controls.
Heavy fog envelops Beijing on Sunday morning and the municipal meteorological station
issues the city's first orange fog warning. [Photo/Xinhua]
THE FACTS:    According to real-time monitoring data from the China environmental bureau, the density of PM 2.5 particulates exceeded 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of the city, some even exceeded 900. WHAT'S NORMAL?  The World Health Organization considers a safe daily level to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter.
  THE BOTTOM LINE FOR THE U.S. IN THIS:  Politicians that support the Tea Party and Republicans who want to do away with the U.S. EPA are dangerous. The horrendous air quality that Beijing has is a result of having no "EPA" there to regulate pollution and develop pollution controls. The Tea Party has indicated they want to abolish the U.S. EPA. If that happens, this is what we'll get. Vote Smart.  

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

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