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Who’s the Pollution Poster Child?

CCNet’s Benny Peiser had a good piece in Tuesday’s National Post, pointing out the impossibility of a U.S.-approved global-emissions treaty that does not include China and India as signatories, and the unlikelihood that India and China sign on without massive wealth and technology transfers from the West. Peiser’s main point is that global warming alarmism has created such a fervent expectation that something must be done that, when the deadlock persists, anti-Western and anti-U.S. animus will be the likely result.

 

But won’t China’s role as a major emitter come in for increasing global scrutiny in the months ahead? They’ve won no friends with the Tibet crackdown — a rather unusual welcome mat to unroll when the world’s press is about to descend on you to cover the Olympics. It will be difficult for that press not to report on environmental conditions there, however Potemkinized their official itineraries and agendas might be. Seeing athletes having to wear facemasks outdoors — or back out of the Beijing games entirely for health-safety reasons — brings home the air-quality issue rather starkly. Athletes themselves might provide invaluable reporting in this regard. But let’s hope there will be one or two or a few members of the press who will pick up the intrepid Guy Sorman’s mantle. Doubtless, the regime will be keeping a close eye on the Western press, and we can probably expect the ratio of Communist Party handlers to press hacks to be high.

Why should we expect the press even to be inclined to report on the environmental bad news from China?Haven’t we seen enough useful idiocy from the left-leaning press to know to temper our expectations on this score? China may be ruled by authoritarian communists, but they aren’t anti-capitalist authoritarian communists, a key element in inspiring useful idiots to provide cover for a failing regime’s crimes.
So let the Games begin. Our editorial today notes: “Let us consider ourselves lucky, then, that the IOC’s mistake provided an opening to show China how it is seen, rather than an opportunity for Beijing to ratify its self-image.” The Beijing games also provide an opening to show China to the world, warts and all.

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