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webeagle12, 31 Jan 2013
Posted 31 Jan 2013
In a way, he can probably get away with this because it is a criticism of the government (whether he realises it or not) and their inability to deal with the pollution problems in China. He is wealthy and well-known. He isn't going to be arrested as a dissident and disappear into a Chinese jail somewhere.
He's not selling anything. He's trying to raise awareness by this novel act of giving away 'bottled air.'
better journalism: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/31/china-smog-environmentalist-fresh-air-stunt
Yeah, I tend to agree, they would rather allow this than to admit to their being a pollution problem. Which then would result in them having to figure out a way to fix it, and that costs money...
Does he look like this?
Not one SpaceBalls reference?
Posted 1 Feb 2013
I've heard stories of Chinese officials giving factory owners privilege, not because they're rich, but because there is so much value placed on economic growth. So if the government goes to him and says "hey don't do this" or "don't do that", he can say fine, I'll just shut down my businesses, and that's enough to shut them up. This unfortunately is a big reason for pollution being such a problem. Even if there is a policy of environmentalism, government officials don't want to be responsible for shrinking the economy of their jurisdiction.
Id love to swap one of those cans for an air duster, psssuuuh! lol
Why do they say he was selling when he was clearly giving it away?
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