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Beijing destroys barbecue grills to cut pollution

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:57 a.m. HST, Nov 27, 2013

BEIJING >> Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time.

Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues "to cut PM2.5" -- the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs.

Photos carried by state media showed workers on Tuesday cutting pieces of metal with sparks flying as city wardens looked on.

Citizens online ridiculed the exercise, suggesting authorities should focus on bigger sources of pollution.

A media officer at Beijing's Xicheng district administration bureau said the hundreds of barbecue grills were confiscated over a three-month campaign and cut up so they couldn't be used again. She refused to give her name, as is common with Chinese officials.

Environmental campaigner Ma Jun said residents had complained to environmental agencies in the past about the odor and smoke from open-air barbecues.

"This action will help local residents, but to deal with the bigger air quality problem we need to have priorities and I think one of the major priorities should still be the motor vehicle emissions," said Ma, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs. He said the focus should be on improving the fuel quality and emissions control of heavy duty diesel trucks, while also involving the surrounding regions, not just Beijing.

The capital's pollution regularly reaches hazardous levels. The city government announced last month that emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits would kick in when air pollution levels are particularly heavy.

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Pocho wrote:
China should demolish all their automobiles! It'll stop some air pollution and help to bring down "our" gas prices
on November 27,2013 | 04:36AM
RandolphW wrote:
Pocho is right on target!
on November 27,2013 | 05:02AM
mikethenovice wrote:
target store that is?
on November 27,2013 | 07:07AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
China is one heck of a comedian. Instead of doing something about their factories, they're destroying barbeque grills.
on November 27,2013 | 05:05AM
808Cindy wrote:
Thanks for the good laugh !!! hahaha.....
on November 27,2013 | 07:07AM
krusha wrote:
The Chinese needs to create their own battery-powered cars since most of the batteries and parts that they export to other auto makers are made in China anyway.
on November 27,2013 | 05:37AM
Sunny wrote:
Manufacturing batteries is a big source of pollution!
on November 27,2013 | 06:12AM
innocentBystander wrote:
You don't happen to work for an oil/gas company, do you?
on November 27,2013 | 06:53AM
HanabataDays wrote:
I'll start believing maybe they're serious when they quit using coal in their factories and power plants. Barbecue grills? Come on, lipstick on a pig. On the other hand, could this be their legislators' version of sledgehammering shopping carts???
on November 27,2013 | 06:11AM
atilter wrote:
one ono-licious looking pig!!!
on November 27,2013 | 07:35AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Yep, put a mountain apple in the mouth -- Hawaiian Style!
on November 27,2013 | 07:40AM
innocentBystander wrote:
Hope they don't come to Hawaii!
on November 27,2013 | 06:53AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Just use the fake liquid smoke that we use for Kalua Pork.
on November 27,2013 | 07:06AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Only the plug in electric car like the Tesla will save the cities air quality in China.
on November 27,2013 | 07:06AM
Anonymous wrote:
May be a China politician could start a crusade by using a sledge hammer to destroy those nasty barbecue grills. Sound familiar?
on November 27,2013 | 07:09AM
cojef wrote:
Better yet send him there. He will be popular as all heck, that they will tar and feather him, like in the colonial days of yore.
on November 27,2013 | 08:51AM
9ronboz wrote:
useless commi excercise
on November 27,2013 | 07:58AM
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