China World Trade Centre Tower III (C), one of the tallest buildings in the city at 330m (1083ft), is pictured amid heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, December 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Beijing, today, benefiting from all the freedom from EPA-style regulations.
Ah, if only America could unshackle itself from the burden of environmental regulations, it would look like this:
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.

All this freedom makes Republicans tear up. Maybe it's the toxins in the air, maybe it's joy. Hard to tell. Maybe both?
I couldn't see the tall buildings across the street this morning," said a traffic coordinator at a busy Beijing intersection who gave only his surname, Zhang. "The smog has gotten worse in the last two to three years. I often cough, and my nose is always irritated. But what can you do? I drink more water to help my body discharge the toxins."
Um, I don't think drinking water gets rid of carcinogens and other toxic chemicals. But really, it's a moot point given that China's water looks suspiciously like West Virginia's freedom-flavored variety.
China’s water problem becomes apparent upon entering the hotel room. The smell of a polluted river might emanate from the showerhead.
And to think, that's what Republicans are fighting for!

Originally posted to kos on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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