A new study from the American Lung Association (ALA) found that six of the ten most polluted cities in America are located in California. In its 2017 “State of the Air” report, ALA found that Los Angeles is the city with the worst ozone pollution.
Here are the ten worst polluters from the last year–six of which are located in the Golden State (via USA Today):
The findings of this report are rather ironic, because the group endorses stricter government influence over energy policy yet more pollution continues to be witnessed in a heavily-regulated, “green” state like California. Why? All talk, no action. The ALA report also detailed that to reduce pollution, we must admit our so-called role in “climate change” and work to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels:
Power plants comprise the largest stationary source of carbon pollution in the United States. The electric sector contributed 30 percent of all energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2014.2 Scientists tell us that carbon pollution contributes to a warming climate, enhancing conditions for ozone formation and making it harder to reduce this lethal pollutant. Climate change also leads to particle pollution from increased droughts and wildfires. Taking steps to reduce carbon pollution from electricity generation will also reduce ozone and particle pollution from these plants at the same time. EPA’s analysis shows that these co-benefits can prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths and up to 90,000 asthma attacks in children in 2030. The American Lung Association calls on governors to direct their states to develop strong plans to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and protect public health.
The “State of the Air 2017” report shows the sustained success of the Clean Air Act, continuing to clean up pollution in much of the nation, as it nearly completes its fifth decade of service. Many cities reported fewer days of high ozone and lower levels of year-round particle pollution. Several cities again reported their cleanest years ever during this period, while others had their worst periods of air pollution.
Thanks to the provisions in the Clean Air Act, the United States has continued to reduce ozone and particle pollution as well as other pollutants for decades. Figure 1 from EPA shows that since 1970, the air has gotten cleaner while the population, the economy, energy use and miles driven increased greatly. As the economy continues to grow, overall air emissions that create the six most-widespread pollutants continue to drop.
If California aims to lead in so-called “clean energy” policy, it must practice what it preaches and stop strangling its citizens with burdensome taxes. Here’s what I gathered from this study: the ridiculous demands of radical environmentalism only apply to those states or entities which disagree with the agenda. It makes perfect sense.
Clean air for you, but not for us. Oh, the hypocrisy!