“Ouch, faved that accidentally. Not that its entirely a bad sentiment, but a bit misdirected. Exactly whose greed and stupidity are you talking about? The people making money off the causes of this smog are the same people who got rich shutting down production in the US and shipping those American jobs over here.”
“Ha ha, good luck. Let's see, let me think who all my neighbors and friends work for: GE, Corning, every pharmaceutical company you can think of, Ford, GM and every other car company you can think of, McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and most other major fast food chains, 3M, Eastman, Tyson... oh you know, it would probably be a far shorter list to come up with what corporations aren't here. Let me know if you find any.
Honestly, look around your house, where do you think all that stuff came from? Right down to the wires in the walls.”
“It certainly has been very bad here for the past week, with no question. But it is not like this often - I have been in 5 years and know many other expats who have been here 10 years or more; it is generally agreed that we have never seen it this bad, and for such an extended stretch. This is actually a really awesome city and we love living here, but I think any expat here (or really in any Chinese city) will tell you that if there is one thing that really makes them think of leaving, it's the pollution. Every year at this time it is a bit bad, but forthis year is exceptionally so.”
“I know. My daughter is the same age. I don't think a day has gone by this past year that I have not thought of those parents - there are so often these sudden surprise seconds, when I am watching her get off the school bus, or sing in a school concert, or playing with the dog, etc when I think to myself how deeply, deeply unfair it is that they were robbed of these ordinary, everyday, miraculous moments.”