Air Force One Off Into the Smog


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I just caught AFP correspondent Stephen Collinson’s pool report from India as President Obama wraps up his trip there.
Here is the full, short report. . .but catch the last line on Air Force One taxiing off into the smog.

Pool Report # 1, Nov, 9 — New Delhi
Motorcade rolled at 8.35 am through emptied streets with armed soldiers and police stationed every few yards along the route.
No issues with departure pictures for pool as POTUS and FLOTUS in a cream dress worked a receiving line in reverse and walked up stairs hand in hand to wave farewell to India.
AF1 about to taxi off into the smog.

These fast-growing behemoth nations that are urbanizing and modernizing at lightning speed are generating city-smothering gobs of smog and pollution — but I daresay until I saw Collinson’s report I haven’t heard a single report this week about India dealing with its pollution issues or working further on climate.
— Steve Clemons


10 comments on “Air Force One Off Into the Smog

  1. Andrew Winner says:

    Delhi’s air quality has improved markedly over the past decade. I see much less haze and smog there than I did in my trips there in 1999 and 2000.
    Much of this has been due to changing the buses and auto-rickshaws to CNG and it was an interesting combination of judicial ruling and government policy. See for details.


  2. Don Bacon says:

    God (quote):
    nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done.
    never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth
    the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh//
    There was no mention of climate change.


  3. DakotabornKansan says:

    Climate Change?
    We need not worry…
    Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who will seek the Energy and Commerce Committee chairmanship, says we do not have to worry about climate change because God promised in the Bible not to destroy the world again after Noah


  4. Don Bacon says:

    Asian smog is contributing to higher ozone levels in rural West: Smog has decreased in urban areas. The puzzling increase in rural areas can be explained by the drift of smog from Asia, according to a recent study. — LA Times


  5. Bart says:

    Here in central Virginia the skies are bright and perfectly clear. What happens to the smog coming across the Pacific from Asia? Does it get absorbed by the ocean; the atmosphere?


  6. JohnH says:

    After three weeks in the ME, I can personally attest to the atrocious smog, massive amount of litter, and absence of natural areas in these people packed places.
    But the people are very helpful and hospitable, particularly since Americans are about as rare as hens teeth in the places where I’ve been.


  7. Don Bacon says:

    Hey, check out the autorickshaws — “tuk-tuks” — in the photo. We could import some of those and cut congestion, if not emissions.


  8. DakotabornKansan says:

    How will the new GOP majority approach climate and energy?


  9. Steve Clemons says:

    POA — thanks for pointing this out about regulation. Important. All best, steve


  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I can remember being in elementary school in the San Fernando Valley, and barely being able to see across the playground. Those days are long gone. The air quality in Los Angeles is FAR FAR better than it was in the fifties and sixties. The EPA has done some good things, and the precedent setting California smog standards for automobiles has been completely and utterly neccesary.
    There is very little that pisses me off more than these assholes in DC bitching and moaning about governmental regulation of emissions. Can you imagine what the air would be like in Los Angeles if the government hadn’t of stepped forward and told the auto makers and to clean their act up?
    Then you have these ignorant rednecks in Bakersfield and Sacramento fighting stricter smog standards for trucks, when their kids are breathing the unhealthiest air in the nation. The air is so bad there that I wouldn’t dream of raising a child there. Yet everyday some ignorant jackass will comment to me how terrible it is that the government seeks to regulate and impose standards. What, they think these truck manufacturers and corporations are going to regulate themselves and just “do the right thing”? When pigs fly.


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