After Under The Dome was released in China recently, the Chinese officials and government advisors were under fire by the environmental board to go over and understand why the standards of China’s production of oil and gas is so subpar compared to other continents in the world like North America and Europe. The problem lies in the air pollution that comes along with producing oil in China. They are not up to standards which are seen in the United States, Canada, and even the United Kingdom. Due to the standards being so low, Beijing is known for having mass air pollution and smog in the city constantly.
Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) spokesman, Cao Xianghong, who were under fire explained the solution with the following statement to the Wall Street Journal, “This is a highly technical exercise and needs time, It can’t be done just with me talking here today.” The documentary director of Under The Dome, Chai Jing came to ask ‘why can countries on the western hemisphere able to produce safer air than China?’
Even though her questions was not wrong to ask, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNCP) explained, “Sinopec, the nation’s largest refiner, had spent more than $33 billion upgrading fuel quality during the past decade. The company said it was investing $3.7 billion in more than 800 environmental-protection projects between 2013 and 2015.”
Unlike China, The United States and Canada are able to provide clean, safe energy by taking the steps which China is taking now and investing in environmentally focused projects in the past. These actions taken in the past and keeping the oil industry out of major cities has helped North America keep their air pollution clean to a certain extent.
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