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American-made steel is cleaner than steel made in China

April 22nd, 2009 1 comment

Happy Earth Day!

Since today is Earth Day I thought I would share in something that is near and dear to my heart, Steel.  As a product of the American Middle Class and third generation of Steel Mill Workers in Birmingham lets just say the post below is a hot topic for me. China’s Pollution Problem

Growing up in a state that has weak environmental laws that barely expand the basic laws the Federal Environmental Agency demands has always been issue for my community.  We have come a long way and still have further to go.  But one country is not doing its share of keeping the environment clean.  

American Steel is Cleaner than Chinese Steel

TreeHugger’s John Chamber’s has reported on AAM’s recent study of China’s steel industry.  Chambers notes that steel production in China creates 5 times more sulfer dioxide, 18 times more particulate matter and 3 times more nitrogen oxides per ton of steel than that of production in the United States.

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Moreover, carbon emissions for each ton made in China are twice that of their American counterparts. The American steel industry has worked hard to cut their environmental footprint. The reduction of greenhouse gases means industry has surpassed Kyoto target by 240%. Plus, the Chinese companies can expect smaller fines for non-compliance of environmental standards for the iron-based resource from their centralized governments. The maximum fine in China is $14,000.00 compared to $450,000.00 in the United States.

Read the report.

Steel isn’t the only thing China is polluting with. You might want to Check out what the Brits are saying about pollution in China too.  Somewhere else too look is the Australian’s chatter on the topic.

A 2007 New York Times Article puts the pollution in Bejing in Perspective:

As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes


Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times


No country in history has emerged as a major industrial power without creating a legacy of environmental damage that can take decades and big dollops of public wealth to undo.

But just as the speed and scale of China’s rise as an economic power have no clear parallel in history, so its pollution problem has shattered all precedents. Environmental degradation is now so severe, with such stark domestic and international repercussions, that pollution poses not only a major long-term burden on the Chinese public but also an acute political challenge to the ruling Communist Party. And it is not clear that China can rein in its own economic juggernaut.

Public health is reeling. Pollution has made cancer China’s leading cause of death, the Ministry of Health says. Ambient air pollution alone is blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. Nearly 500 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

Chinese cities often seem wrapped in a toxic gray shroud. Only 1 percent of the country’s 560 million city dwellers breathe air considered safe by the European Union. read more…

With all the problems China is inflicting on the world, why not buy American Steel?

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2009 No comments

Happy New Year!  I wish you all the best in 2009.

Happy new Year

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First YouTube Post

November 27th, 2008 No comments

I made my first YouTube post.

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My first ever YouTube post features my grandmother talking about Sears & Roebuck in her lifetime.  I have been part of other video’s but never posted my own video.  My inspiration for the video came from an assignment my mom gives to her 6th graders.

Every year my mom assigns her class a project where they either have to audio only record or video tape an interview with a veteran.  By doing this her students memorialize and document stories from the elderly.  My grandmother has lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Space Race, Cold War, and several presidents.  She has a story and experience for just about everything.  Over time I hope to make some videos for peronsal posterity.  I doubt I will post every video but hope to make many more.

Enjoy the video and tell me what you think about my fabulous video editing skills!  By the way the person in the background asking questions is me.  So for thoose of you who have never heard my voice please ignore the accented southern drawl.  I like to think my accent isn’t that thick.  Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2008 No comments

Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you are enjoying a day of fun and relaxation with family.

Thanksgiving Turkey

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