6M Cars Being Yanked From Road to Ease Pollution
Beijing restarts effort to clean up 'extremely grim' situation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 27, 2014 10:43 AM CDT
In this photo taken Monday, April 25, 2011, cars clog a main road in Beijing, China. China plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year to clean up smog-choked cities.   (Ng Han Guan)

(Newser) – China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities. The plan also calls for filling stations in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities to switch to selling only the cleanest grades of gasoline and diesel, according to a Cabinet statement issued yesterday. The order comes after China failed to meet official pollution-reduction goals for 2011-2013. The statement said vehicles registered before 2005 that fail to meet cleaner emissions standards will be "phased out," though it did not say how.

It called the country's environmental situation "extremely grim." China's major cities are smothered in eye-searing smog. The country has some of the world's strictest emissions standards, but authorities have refrained from enforcing them until now to avoid forcing older, pollution-belching trucks off the road and hurting small businesses. Yesterday's announcement suggests authorities have settled that conflict in favor of environmental protection. China has about 240 million vehicles on the road, and half are passenger cars.

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May 28, 2014 9:49 PM CDT
cash for clunkers CHINA EDItion!
May 28, 2014 1:05 AM CDT
The real culprit of the pollution isn't cars but factory smoke stacks. China can't clean them up because each has heavy industry bribing officials so they go after the workers. Tell them to try adding vacuum pumps at the top of the stacks and the skies will be clear in two years. Removing cars made after 1999 won't solve anything; although cleaner fuels will reduce the HC by a small amount. Even the US won't tell it's factories to clean up their act because it is easier to blame the public then go after the political donors.
May 27, 2014 3:19 PM CDT
China's major rivers are as polluted as their air.... if you get some musty, spoiled tasting shrimp or fish ask from where it came.... We refuse to eat any food coming from China as having been there and have seen the conditions under which they are raised.. Even Petco has stopped buying DOG TREATS froms China after hundreds of dogs and a few people died after eating them.