Image hosted by To read the tribute to SFC Marcus Muralles, please click here Image hosted by

Thursday, October 19, 2006

But... but... I Thought We'd Be #1

So... the US is evil incarnate, and the US pollutes more than anyone else in the universe, and the US should change all of its policies because we're destroying our planet single-handedly. Did I get all that right?

Then explain this:

The Top 10 most polluted places for 2006, in alphabetical order by country:

Linfen, China, where residents say they literally choke on coal dust in the evenings, exemplifies many Chinese cities;

Haina, Dominican Republic, has severe lead contamination because of lead battery recycling, a problem common throughout poorer countries

Ranipet, India, where leather tanning wastes contaminate groundwater with hexavalent chromium, made famous by Erin Brockovich, resulting in water that apparently stings like an insect bite

Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan, home to nearly 2 million cubic meters of radioactive mining waste that threatens the entire Ferghana valley, one of the most fertile and densely populated areas in Central Asia that also experiences high rates of seismic activity;

La Oroya, Peru, where the metal processing plant, owned by the Missouri-based Doe Run Corporation, leads to toxic emissions of lead;

Dzerzinsk, Russia, one of the country's principal chemical weapons manufacturing sites until the end of the Cold War

Norilsk, Russia, which houses the world's largest heavy metals smelting complex;

Rudnaya Pristan, Russia, where lead contamination resulted in child blood lead levels eight to 20 times maximum allowable U.S. levels;

Chernobyl, Ukraine, infamous site of a nuclear meltdown 20 years ago;

Kabwe, Zambia, where child blood levels of lead are five to 10 times the allowable EPA maximum

But, never fear. I'm sure they'll find a way to blame us. It doesn't matter than technological and economic advancements lead to less pollution. It does matter that vile Big Business has helped clean up a lot of the pollution around here. It's still our fault. You'll see.

<< Home
This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?