Yglesias

Fog of Growth

CREDIT:

James Fallows notes a minor glitch in the PRC’s censorship efforts, as International Olympic Commission chief Jacques Rogge’s statement that, in Jim’s paraphrase,”the air in Beijing was so bad that some events (like, the ones where athletes have to breathe) might have to be postponed” slips through the cracks.

China’s apparent inability to get the situation under control on a sustainable basis is going to lead them to try out some experiments in authoritarian environmental protection like “ordering half of Beijing’s cars off the road for a few days, to see how much difference it makes in pollution” to see if that can take care of their Olympic problems.

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