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1 hour ago, djayz said:

Too little, too late me thinks. 

 

Please tell me they're not going to build a gigantic spraying device made of PVC to suspend over the city! 

More likely a mobile unit to be transported to smog hot spots via a flotilla of drones. 

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Has the general learned the Trump way to talk?  I have seldom believed what he says.

  The lack of admittance of agri burning is evident with all the maps, but no mention as the Junta cannot do a thing about it. Bankok has been fighting pollution issues since the 60s, Old trucks, buses, factories, and other polluting engines do contribute to the pollution, but not as much as some green people would like us to believe. The sooner these old vehicles get taken off the roads, though, the better.

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The PM is doing something at least .But drive past Port any day and there are rows of diesel trucks with huge clouds of black smoke These should be put off the road immediately .Maybe end the subsidy on diesel too .

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7 minutes ago, canopy said:

Haven't they considered if diesel cars and factories were the problem it would be year round, but it's seasonal instead. The problem seems to be seasonal agricultural burning, but they suspiciously are not talking about this. Why?

There you go - bringing ferang logic into it -  we need Thai logic.

The upcoming erection on 24th March - don't want to alienate the gullible voters, do we?

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Of course, diesel trucks and buses cause no emissions whatsoever which is why they have been missed.

 

I expect an announcement soon about the purchase of a herd of wild unicorns, whose farts are well known to reduce PM2.5 levels.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

He admitted that batteries for electric cars were expensive.

"Envision Energy will produce batteries for $100 per kilowatt hour by 2020, the Shanghai company's founder and CEO said at Stanford University, predicting the price will drop to $50 only five years later and end the reign of the internal-combustion engine."

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2018/12/04/chinese-company-says-it-will-soon-cross-100-battery-threshold-slay-the-internal-combustion-engine/#6709b5901740

 

With Thai tariffs the way they are, batteries will have to be even lower, but it might happen sooner than later according to the article.  Under $100 per KW is said to render the internal combustion engine uncompetitive. 

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May want to start looking at converting these now.  It just takes a lot of patience.

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12 minutes ago, jaiyen said:

Prayut said that 100,000 factories were inspected !!  What !  In just a few days !  What a load of crap. Just blurting out figures. Normal Thai figures would be more accurate e.g.  998,753  and 27 were closed !  Would still be wrong though

You know how it works with 'politicians' of his ilk - if you throw enough shit, some of it will stick: Don't underestimate the gullibility of your electorate,

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A proper Ministry of Transport Test annually for Motor Vehicles would wipe about 50% of the vehicles here off the roads but it won't happen, talking is much cheaper and causes no ripples with the Natives.

 

For years they have been promoting the building and sale of Gigantic Gas Guzzling Diesel Pick-Up Trucks and even lowered the price of Diesel to 'help' the owners, whilst other countries in the region, notably Taiwan, have been discouraging the purchase and use of them.  Thailand will be the last country on the Planet to do away with Diesel powered vehicles (along with Twin Tub Washing Machines ) ! 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Up to 50 per cent of the very fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns, or PM2.5, was from the traffic and transport sector, said General Prayut. Stakeholders must choose measures to reduce that to 35 per cent of PM2.5 particulates, he said.

traffic and transport sector is emitting all year over - but the smog comes during the months when they are burning the fields

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