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Official cooks up a storm
Chinese Net users are angry with a Beijing official who said Tuesday that people who cook at home are "greatly contributing" to the country's PM2.5 emissions.
Zhao Huimin, director of Beijing's Foreign Affairs Office, went on to call on residents to help combat pollution in the city as he addressed the issue of improving air quality at a press conference regarding the government's preparation for the APEC summit in Beijing next year.
But Zhao's speech, which also noted government plans to tackle the situation by controlling the number of cars on the roads, raising vehicle emissions standards and shutting down heavy-polluting companies, angered people online, many of whom blamed Zhao for shirking responsibility and failing to fulfill his own job of improving the situation.
"How can he be so shameless? He insults people's intelligence and taints his own virtue," said Net user hz-jh.
Others questioned how residents should coordinate with the government, considering that Zhao has asked people to eat more cold foods or go to restaurants rather than cook at home. They said that the government should introduce a lottery for determining when residents can cook at home or eat out at restaurants, mocking Beijing's system for obtaining car plates.
"Empty talk will only produce more waste, which will create more PM2.5 emissions," a Net user said, poking fun at Zhao.