Comments: OTB's 2008 Season Wishlist Response

Great follow-up and thanks for the link!

I don't think we've seen the last of Martina Hingis. Once the dust settles, she'll probably be back, hopping around the world playing exhibitions and collecting hefty appearance fees.

Those Canon commercials almost drove me nuts this year. Dulce had better not be making a second appearance in 2008 or my tv screen may be a bit more banged up than usual.

I've never been to Beijing and in fact, never heard about their air pollution problem until people started talking about the Olympics. What is causing all the bad air and can this even be remedied in eight months?

Posted by Aaress at December 4, 2007 12:08 PM

Aaress, thanks for your response!

In short, industrialization is fouling Red China's air and environment in general. According to the Wikipedia entry on the PRC, they are considered a 'developing nation' and therefore are not held to carbon emission reduction standards. The Red Chinese use a lot of coal as well, and that does create a bit of a problem.

I'm no environmental scientist, but I feel reasonably confident in saying that there's no way in the world that the Red Chinese can clean up their environment in time for Beijing '08. That is, even if they wanted to.

Posted by The Country Pundit at December 5, 2007 01:35 AM

Thanks TCP for the answer!

I'm with you - if the problem is that bad, eight months is not near enough time to clear the air up.

It'll be a pity if the athletes are deterred from competing because of this. It's one thing to stay away from the Games because of security risks (2002/2004), but it is a whole other can of worms if it is because of air pollution.

Of course, my heart also goes out to the poor Chinese people who have to breath the air in every single day of their lives.

Posted by Aaress at December 13, 2007 11:01 AM