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Opening Arguments

Warmed-over Chinese

Juxtaposition of the day. First, the dawn of a new season in China:

BEIJING (AP) -- Beijing's skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season's first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe.

The air took on an acrid odor, and many of the city's commuters wore industrial strength face masks as they hurried to work.

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The city's air quality is often poor, especially in winter when stagnant weather patterns combine with an increase in coal-burning to exacerbate other forms of pollution and create periods of heavy smog for days at a time. But the readings early Thursday for particles of PM2.5 pollution marked the first ones of the season above 500 micrograms per cubic meter.

But, gosh darn it, they're trying:

United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said that democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China, she says, is the best model.

China may be the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide and struggling with major pollution problems of their own, but the country is “doing it right” when it comes to fighting global warming says Figueres.

“They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at,” she said. “They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet. They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest.”

World's "top emitter of carbon dioxide." But "doing it right." I was going to speculate on whether she's a knave or a fool, but since she's with the United Nations and a fanatic global warmist, it's probably safe to assume she's both.

"Climate change" is all about bowing to the state, isn't it? Humanity is stupidly destroying itself, so the enlightened few have to step in and save us from ourselves. It's still a little surprising, though, that someone actually actually lets the cat out of the bag. So, more fool than knave.