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Report says 40 percent of the public breathes unhealthy air (60% - good to go)
The Hill ^ | 4/25/12 | Andrew Restuccia

Posted on 04/25/2012 6:20:51 PM PDT by Libloather

Report says 40 percent of the public breathes unhealthy air
By Andrew Restuccia - 04/25/12 02:53 PM ET

More than 40 percent of the public lives in regions with unhealthy levels of air pollution, a new report from the American Lung Association says.

The public health group, in its annual State of the Air report, said air quality has dramatically improved in recent decades as a result of the Clean Air Act. But it warned that more action is needed to better protect the public from air pollution like smog or soot.

The report finds that more than 127.2 million people, or 41 percent of the public, live in counties that have unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution, which experts say can aggravate respiratory problems like asthma and lung disease.

But the report notes that many cities are making major progress in reducing pollution levels.

“Twenty-two of the 25 cities with the most ozone pollution improved their air quality over the past year’s report,” the new study says. “More than half of the country’s most smog-polluted cities experienced their best year yet.”

The report analyzed information gathered from monitoring sites in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the most up-to-date data available.

The Obama administration has issued a slew of regulations in recent years aimed at improving air quality, including rules to limit air pollution from industrial boilers and natural-gas drilling. Republicans in Congress have taken aim at the Environmental Protection Agency, working to limit or repeal several major air pollution regulations because of their cost.

President Obama scuttled planned EPA regulations that would have tightened existing ozone standards, a major defeat for public health groups like the American Lung Association.

The groups argue that the existing ozone standards, put in place during the George W. Bush administration, don’t fully protect the public.

But the planned regulations came under intense scrutiny from Republicans, who said the rules would put a major burden on industry.

Obama, in scuttling the tighter ozone rules, cited his pledge to reduce regulatory uncertainty for businesses and said the regulations are slated to come up for review in 2013.


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KEYWORDS: air; climatechange; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; public; report
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1 posted on 04/25/2012 6:20:59 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Anyone who's been to Southeast Asia or southern China recently know that we're damn lucky to be breathing what we're breathing here.
2 posted on 04/25/2012 6:27:51 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Libloather

I’m one of the 60%. Fresh pure, clean, mountain air every day.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 6:33:54 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Libloather

Conditions will never be pristine enough for these interest groups.

Might be fun to see a roster of major domos at the America Lung Association, their salaries (likely inflated), and their political contributions.


4 posted on 04/25/2012 6:34:21 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation

I smell George Soros


5 posted on 04/25/2012 6:37:06 PM PDT by paguch
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To: Libloather; All

Woman, children and minorities affected most.


6 posted on 04/25/2012 6:38:09 PM PDT by j.argese (If Speaker Gingrich is on my state's primary ballot, I will vote for him.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Rurudyne; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; xcamel; AdmSmith; ...

Thanks Libloather.


7 posted on 04/25/2012 6:43:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Libloather

No, the report says that by every single measure, success has been reached in the goals of air pollution, and in most cases, far exceeded any previous goals. But this is how the scam works - you just change the goals arbitrarily. Each time it is obtained, you move the end zone a little further down the field.

Right now, we’re on a 20 mile long field, the original goal line just under 19.85 miles back.

Pop the campaign bottles, celebrate the great victory, and stop trying to make the end goal unobtainable.


8 posted on 04/25/2012 7:27:21 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Libloather

Pollution - Tom Lehrer

If you visit American city
You will find it very pretty
Just two things of which you must beware
Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air

Pollution, pollution
They got smog and sewage and mud
Turn on your tap
And get hot and cold running crud

See the halibuts and the sturgeons
Being wiped out by detergeons
Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly
But they don’t last long if they try

Pollution, pollution
You can use the latest toothpaste
And then rinse your mouth
With industrial waste

Just go out for a breath of air
And you’ll be ready for Medicare
The city streets are really quite a thrill
If the hoods don’t get you, the monoxide will

Pollution, pollution
Wear a gas mask and a veil
Then you can breathe
Long as you don’t inhale

Lots of things there that you can drink
But stay away from the kitchen sink
The breakfast garbage that you throw in to the bay
They drink as lunch in San José

So go to the city
See the crazy people there
Like lambs to the slaughter
They’re drinking the water
And breathing, cough, the air


9 posted on 04/25/2012 7:31:29 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Libloather

If citizens in the big cities are breathing bad air, that’s sure to affect their mental processing. Therefore, I think we should exempt them from voting (and thus, forming public policy) until such time that we can reach the strictest environmentalists’ air standards.


10 posted on 04/25/2012 7:32:34 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: Libloather
This is akin to criminal fraud. The ALA has long since abandoned legitimate public health concerns and signed on to the leftwing totalitarian bandwagon. The fine particulate matter and the levels of surface ozone are both fabricated threats which violate the cardinal epidemiological rule that "the dose makes the toxin."

If we had had 2012 air in 1963 there would be no Clean Air Act, because no one would have dreamed we needed one.

11 posted on 04/25/2012 7:36:44 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Libloather

Funny enough where I live (1200 ft above sea level) here in MA this town was a magnet for people with health issues because of the clean air, etc.


12 posted on 04/25/2012 8:02:09 PM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: Libloather

Anyone downwind of Al Gore has a problem too


13 posted on 04/25/2012 8:23:02 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: nascarnation

Natural gas drilling has nothing to do with the air pollution in cities as most gas sites are far away from them.

More liberal BS. Notice that most big polluted cities are run by Democrats. I have a 1971 photo of yellow pollution clouds hanging across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I had never seen anything like it.

ALA forgets that trees create a natural air pollution of their own, esp. in the mountains, that can drift into cities. Solution - cut down all the trees. Illogical just as liberals are.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 8:23:07 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Inyo-Mono
"I’m one of the 60%. Fresh pure, clean, mountain air every day."

Yep. Alaskan air is pretty nice, too. :o)

15 posted on 04/25/2012 10:33:14 PM PDT by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Nothing like setting the bar low.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 10:43:30 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SunkenCiv
Sign that unhealthy air up at a gym. A proper diet and some exercise will get that air back into healthy shape in no time.

Now, if some people are breathing unhealthful air, that is another matter entirely.
17 posted on 04/26/2012 4:30:40 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: 9YearLurker
Nothing like setting the bar low.

If you're gonna have industry you're gonna have *some* pollution.For a country as prosperous and productive as ours we have it *damn* good "pollution-wise".

18 posted on 04/26/2012 4:51:30 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: dfwgator

I love Tom Lehrer but he *is* a *notorious* leftist and has been for years.


19 posted on 04/26/2012 4:53:27 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Actually, productive and prosperous countries tend to have less pollution than average.


20 posted on 04/26/2012 5:13:08 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Libloather
40 percent of the public breathes unhealthy air

Yeah, and I'll bet they live in Los Angeles, where Hollywood Movie-sets churn out billowing clouds of black smoke on a daily basis. This is from from burning thousands of gallons of raw gasoline in explosions for their propaganda films. Time to regulate them to death.

21 posted on 04/26/2012 5:32:29 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Notice that most big polluted ALL cities are run by Democrats.

City = Commune.

What do you call a proponent of communes?

22 posted on 04/26/2012 5:37:35 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: 9YearLurker
Actually, productive and prosperous countries tend to have less pollution than average.

Having visited southern China,Hong Kong and Singapore several times in the last few years and being one who regularly visits NYC I'm well aware of that.Of course our home grown tree worshipers choose to ignore that essential fact.

23 posted on 04/26/2012 6:18:04 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: 9YearLurker
Actually, productive and prosperous countries tend to have less pollution than average.

And BTW...they don't tend to have *somewhat* less pollution,they tend to have *dramatically* less pollution...both in absolute terms and on a per capita basis.

24 posted on 04/26/2012 6:20:38 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Libloather

I blame mass transit.


25 posted on 04/26/2012 6:21:43 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Obama ate his own dog as a child in Indonesia??)
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To: TheOldLady

;’)


26 posted on 04/26/2012 7:35:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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