Right Thinking From The Left Coast
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Traffic Apocalypse

A couple of weeks ago, there was much hemming and hawing because China’s GDP passed Japan’s.  However, I don’t think it’s quite time to panic about the chinese menace quite yet:

A massive traffic jam in north China that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark on Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won’t be finished until the middle of next month, an official said.

Bumper-to-bumper gridlock spanning for 60 miles with vehicles moving little more than a half-mile a day at one point has improved since this weekend, said Zhang Minghai, director of Zhangjiakou city’s Traffic Management Bureau general office.

Some drivers have been stuck in the jam for five days, China Central Television reported Tuesday. But Zhang said he wasn’t sure when the situation along the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway would return to normal.

Wasn’t this a Doctor Who episode?  Yes, I think it was.

Of course, we can’t claim to be that superior, since we have several cities—Washington DC most notably—that are pretty much perpetual traffic jams.  But I wonder when the people who go all faint and blushing over China’s environmental policies will freak out about this.  I mean, think of all the greenhouse gases!

Posted by Hal_10000 on 08/25/10 at 02:08 AM in Fun and Humor  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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