China Tells Polluters: Clean Up Your Act, or Face THE DEATH PENALTY!


Yangtze River Pollution Leads to Death Penalty

In an effort to curb deaths caused by the horrible air pollution throughout China, the Chinese government just issued a new judicial interpretation that will allow courts to issue harsher punishments for environmental crimes, and reports coming out of Chinese news agencies is that THE DEATH PENALTY could be handed down for the most serious offenses against the environment.

Death Penalty for Polluters

A total of 14 environmental crimes have been listed under the Chinese courts’ new interpretation of existing laws. “The Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate jointly issued the document to clarify the criteria for convictions for environmental crimes,” court spokesman Sun Jungong told South China Morning Post reports. “The tightened rules were expected to help environment officials obtain harsher penalties for offenders … (and) dumping radioactive substances into sources of drinking water and nature reserves, and incidents that poison more than 30 people or force more than 5,000 people to be evacuated, will be considered environmental pollution crimes for the first time.”

Previously, prosecutors were required to show that a given act of pollution, specifically, had led to a human death in order to be considered in breach of Chinese environmental law. Under the new interpretation, it is only necessary for prosecutors to show that a given act of pollution has caused (or is known to cause) “serious injury”.

What do I think about all this? I’m glad you asked … what I think is: Hot damn!

It looks like at least one major government is finally starting to take climate change seriously and issue proper punishments to individuals and corporations who put the health and well-being of their fellow human beings in jeopardy in the name of corporate greed, general apathy, or fitting in with a crowd of cousin-f***ing closet-cases (all you guys with lifted pickups and 6″ plumbing pipe fitted to your diesel exhaust know what you are).

Here’s hoping China’s drastic efforts and threats to issue the death penalty make a difference over there … and, maybe, that it spreads over here. Like, to BP. F*** those guys.


Sources: Inhabitat, Reuters, and the South China Morning Post.

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  • UncleB

    Can you see the “Corpocracy” doing anything like this? Can you imagine the solutions found to the mounting radioactive waste problem the day after? Chinese Thorium LFTR like technologies purported to be clean – imagine that America! Clean nuclear!

    • Bob_Wallace

      A good imagination is a fun thing to take out for a spin.

      Just don’t get too carried away and start thinking your fantasies are real.

      • UncleB

        and . . . Bob drinks the kool aid and settles in for a long and unchanging “Twentieth Century American Ride . . . in 2013.

      • Jo Borras

        Uncle B swims in KoolAid, but I like the crazy SOB. He grows on you!

        • UncleB

          Seagram’s Crown Royal Canada’s finest even comes in Maple! No kidding! You Google you see!

  • Wallace

    Drastic, I think. Death penalty for polluting? Crazy idea. The threat of stop work orders are not enough? I wouldn’t do business in that country. Hey, I wouldn’t even buy anything from that country if I had alternate choices, too bad everything comes from China.

    • Jo Borras

      Looks like you found some locally-made excuses to not buy American, tho.

  • J_JamesM

    Um, killing people for greivous crimes against the environment sounds morally deplorable. It isn’t something to celebrate, it’s something to condemn. This makes the environmentalist cause look like some kind of sinister Agenda 21 right-wing terror-fantasy.

    • UncleB

      Worse than warring for oil.

      • Jo Borras

        Good point.

    • Jo Borras

      I’m not here to some kind of moral compass for people. I like the death penalty, once in a while, and as long as it’s being used on the right people, I’m all for it. You want morality studies, go elsewhere and read something written by smarter, wiser people than me (there are lots).

  • Jerry

    Drastic? maybe. But how about for a plluter, who knowlingly polutting the drinking water of a village, causing thousands of people getting cancer within 3 years? What is the appropriate penalty in your mind? Maybe 5 years in an air-conditioned facility called prison located in sunshine California with free nutritious food and medical care?

    • Public dismemberment and being forced to watch “Real Housewives” reruns … but death is probably more humane, I agree.

  • JOHN

    Sorry but this news is incorrect….Please read the official document from Chinese government and instead of hearsay from some other source…Here’s the link for the most recently updated version

    • Damn. This was a policy I really wanted to get behind!

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