Li Guixin, a resident of smog-choked Hebei province, has up and decided to sue the government for ‘failing to curb air pollution.’ We couldn’t agree with him more, but that doesn’t mean he has a snowball’s chance in hell (well, make that a clean lung’s chance in Hebei) of getting anywhere with this.
Li is suing for—brace yourself—a whole 10,000 yuan. He has filed a lawsuit with the Shijiazhuang Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, claiming that the government has not “perform[ed] its duty to control air pollution according to the law.” He’s sure as hell not wrong.
Li was profiled by a local newspaper, and his story was picked up by Reuters, which reports:
“The reason that I’m proposing administrative compensation is to let every citizen see that amid this haze, we’re the real victims,” Li was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
It was unclear whether the court would accept Li’s lawsuit.
His lawyer, Wu Yufen, declined to comment, telling Reuters “this information is quite sensitive”. Officials of the court could not be reached for comment.
Godspeed, Li, you crazy bastard. The fact that a local paper was willing to run his story, and that Li hasn’t (yet) been harmonized out of existence, is encouraging, but let’s not get our hopes up.