Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hong Kong's air quailty reaches new low

Yesterday, the air quality in Hong Kong deteriorated to record levels. It was so bad, it made the news in the NY Times.

Why has HK not adopted any policy to limit the amount of private vehicles on the road?

There are so many ways to do this but our government chooses to do nothing. They can toll cars for entering busy zones at specific times of the day. They can raise the fuel tax for private cars. They can make obtaining a license more expensive. Any of these should make some sort of impact on the number of cars on the road. Plus they generate revenue. It's just baffling why nothing is being done.

Why are dirty diesel burning trucks and buses not replaced by newer cleaner vehicles? This accounts for 33% of all trucks and buses in HK! What's the billions of dollars in surplus being spent on?

Why is it that a majority of our electricity still comes from burning coal and oil?

The air is so bad that we can longer see the brightly lit advertisements on the other side of the harbor clearly, even at night! So what do we do? We set up more and brighter advertisements and enormous LCD screens. Obviously, something is wrong with this trend. I can't be the only one who sees this.

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