Nah, I meant some place on the Web where people pay attention to you.
You just can’t get quit of me, Strangappar8tus?
So I take it, Dark Avenger, that you’ve been canmpaigning on this issue for considerable time, since you seem so exercised about it.
Nah, I just happen to live somewhere which has a air pollution problem comparable to LA or NYC but I should keep my concerns to myself if I haven’t been talking about this issue 24/7 for the past 10 years.
According to the study, the cost of air pollution averages $1,000 per person per year, and represents the following:
460 premature deaths among those age 30 and older
23,300 asthma attacks
188,000 days of school absences
3,230 cases of acute bronchitis in children
3,000 lost work days
325 new cases of chronic bronchitis
188,400 days of reduced activity in adults
260 hospital admissions
More than 17,000 days of respiratory symptoms in children
The report indicates that some communities, including those with high populations of Latinos/Hispanics and African-Americans, are harder hit than others, due to the varying concentrations of dirty air around the region.
The report cautions that the problem will become much worse if left unaddressed. The San Joaquin Valley’s current population of more than 3 million residents is expected to grow by a third by 2020, with traffic and driving expected to increase at an even greater rate during the same period.
“The San Joaquin Valley can’t afford to foot this bill. We’re losing lives, money and making the Central Valley an increasingly less attractive place to live and work. It is far too expensive to do nothing. We need to make an investment in the region’s economic future,” said state Sen. Dean Florez (D-Shafter), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Air Quality in the Central Valley.
“We have a choice to make — watching the burden of air pollution health effects increase for the region’s sensitive populations, the children and elderly, or getting serious about cleaning up the San Joaquin Valley’s air for the 21st century,” said Fred Lurmann, one of the authors of the study.
But, hey, thanks for clearing that up for me.
About this time two years ago, as students were returning to school and people were busy driving around, air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley soared, causing ozone to reach levels that violated federal air quality standards.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District didn’t call attention to the bad air problem of late August and early September 2009, because it had previously abandoned its Spare the Air system, which alerted people to high-pollution periods and asked them to cut back on driving, mowing lawns and other activities.
Would the ozone levels have gotten so high if residents had been alerted? We’ll never know. What we do know is that valley motorists will be paying the price for the violations for at least the next three years. A $12 per vehicle levy is being added to vehicle license fees to pay much of the $29 million fine levied by the federal government. The only good news about this is that most of the fine money will be used here in the valley, on programs to reduce dirty diesel engines and other polluters.
Read more: http://www.modbee.com/2011/08/17/1820040/revive-alerts- to-spare-the-air.html#ixzz1WxRfWxAw
Hey, you didn’t do as good a job on the spin as the AP:
Obama yields on smog rule in face of GOP demands
Comment by The Dark Avenger on 09/04/11 at 12:18 AM