Smoggy, As Usual

Well, the driving restrictions and factory closures didn’t suddenly make the skies all happy and clear today. I’m not surprised. When all the cars are out and the factories are running, we still get smoggy days and clear days. That won’t change. It’s just that the way this has all been portrayed, one sort of expected to see it all magically disappear.
It was very smoggy today. Probably only slightly or moderately smoggy by Beijing standards, but I tell you this: if it were this smoggy in the Twin Cities the sirens would be blaring and the local newscasters would be doing live round-the-clock coverage warning people to hide under their beds. But here it’s just another smoggy day.  Let the Games begin.  Cough cough.