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Pollution: The Chinese Solution

Instead of helping us by importing cars from the US (which would help our ailing car manufacturers), the Chinese are helping stem their pollution problem by getting back on their bikes (which may help THEIR overpopulation problem!)

There are now four million vehicles in Beijing, meaning that they have American-style traffic jams, while 20 years ago, 4 out of 5 commuters rode bikes to work. China, which is one of the world's only successful economies right now, has imported other American ideas as well: cars as status symbols, and bigger cars are considered to indicate success. In BBC News, Michael Bristow quotes Beijing car owner Richard Liu as saying, "I think 80% of Chinese people want to have a car, even if they don't have much money they will buy cheaper ones."

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