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October 27th, 2011

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01:14 am - An Example of Good Government
TIANJIN, China — Towering over the Bohai Sea shoreline on this city’s outskirts, the Beijiang Power and Desalination Plant is a 26-billion-renminbi technical marvel: an ultrahigh-temperature, coal-fired generator with state-of-the-art pollution controls, mated to advanced Israeli equipment that uses its leftover heat to distill seawater into fresh water.

There is but one wrinkle in the $4 billion plant: The desalted water costs twice as much to produce as it sells for. Nevertheless, the owner of the complex, a government-run conglomerate called S.D.I.C., is moving to quadruple the plant’s desalinating capacity, making it China’s largest.

“Someone has to lose money,” Guo Qigang, the plant’s general manager, said in a recent interview. “We’re a state-owned corporation, and it’s our social responsibility.”

I expect in less than a decade that China will be one of (if not the) world leader in low-cost desalinization. Meanwhile, the focus on government spending cuts and "free enterprise" in the US insures that we increasingly live in a technological backwater.
Current Mood: impressedimpressed

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Date:October 27th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
China is in the news for doing something good for once! I am speechless.

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