Special to INS - Premier Wen Jiabao of China, in a nationally televised address, called on his countrymen to consume less oxygen: "We are facing a critical point in the Peoples' Revolution," said Jiabao. "For us to continue on the shining path toward world domination, we must rein in the consumption of this vital resource. Our smelting plants have seen their efficiency decline by 15 percent because of a corresponding drop in atmospheric oxygen, which now stands at 18 percent, not the normal 21 percent."
To restore atmospheric oxygen to its pre-revolutionary level, several major reforms will be put in place. Ordinary citizens will be allowed ten breaths per minute, instead of the normal fifteen. Exceptions will be made for athletes, speakers at political rallies, and those engaged in sexual activity. Cigarette consumption will be reduced to four packs per day per person, down from the normal six. Nicotine content in the popular brand, Zhong Nan Hai, will be doubled to calm frazzled nerves as a result of reduced puffing.
China's EPA chief, Chou Em Doun, claims that the problem began during the Ming Dynasty, when the Great Wall was completed: "The wall much too high and brocks flesh air from Manchuria and Siberia. It should be air-rifted to Beijing and turned into theme park." When the interviewer raised the possibility that China's huge number of coal-burning power plants might be using up the oxygen, Doun replied, "You been on the pipe too much getting high. Here, have a Hai instead."
In a related development, McKinsey, the global consulting firm, revealed that China's move to install giant wind farms for "green" electricity is a ruse. They are in reality fan farms whose purpose is to pull down fresh air from the north.