New EPA Appointment. US Air “too Clean”.

November 5, 2017

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The number of people with asthma continues to grow. One in 12 people (about 25 million, or 8% of the population) had asthma in 2009, compared with 1 in 14 (about 20 million, or 7%) in 2001. More than half (53%) of people with asthma had an asthma attack in 2008. More children (57%) than adults (51%) had an attack. – Center for Disease Control

The Hill:

Pruitt’s policy released this week also put a new emphasis on regional diversity and “fresh perspectives,” which regulated industries and Republicans have been seeking for years.

The rosters released Friday include Merlin Lindstrom, vice president for research at Phillips 66 on the science board; Larry Monroe, head of research and environment at Southern Co., also on the science board; and Kari Cutting, vice president at the North Dakota Petroleum Council, on the Board of Scientific Counselors’ executive committee.

Tony Cox, the new head of the clean air committee, runs a consulting firm serving oil and chemical clients. He has published research questioning whether recent reductions in pollutants like fine particulate matter and ozone yields health benefits, which runs contrary to the EPA’s position.

Robert Phalen of the University of California, Irvine is a new science board member. He has argued that current air quality in the United States is too clean for “optimum health.”

What am I to think of people that voted for this? I’m serious.

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5 Responses to “New EPA Appointment. US Air “too Clean”.”

  1. ubrew12 Says:

    “What am I to think of people that voted for this?”
    They are not thinking, they are hating the ‘liberal elite’ as trained by the media they swallow. And when bad things happen in the environment, their media will serve up stories of the ‘liberal elite’ getting hurt by those things and regretting their ‘liberal eliteness’, and those voters will be happy, even as they and their loved ones are also being hurt. The environment is no longer the environment, the media is the environment. While the real environment can’t screen out pollutants, the media environment can, and make it appear they are falling only on the heads of ones enemies. The cancer of rightwing media is that people don’t have lives anymore, they just have enemies. First the enemies must be vanquished, and then you’ll get your life back.


    • It seems to be part of the American psyche. The need of an enemy to focus your energies on. The fact that vested interests have been using this characteristic for personal enrichment since at least the “reds under the bed” era should come as no surprise now, with this attack on living standards. When the net, television and radio allows 24-7 access to mind bending drivel, it’s no wonder democracy no longer functions as a mechanism for human well being. “While the real environment can’t screen out pollutants, the media environment can” That is a great line!

  2. Karl Wirth Says:

    It did not escape my notice (after a cursory online search) that Tony Cox brought forth his case against the benefit of cleaner air (specifically, economic cost vs. benefit of clean air regulation) in a paper produced at George Mason University. Yes, the same GMU currently being sued by students for not being transparent about the $96M donated by the Kochs, complete with influence over faculty hirings and course content.

    http://cmpa.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ReassessingCleanAirAug22.pdf

    https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/02/10/students-sue-george-mason-over-koch-brother.html

  3. mboli Says:

    What you are entitled to think is: sixty million American citizens are figuratively wearing tee-shirts saying “I’m with stupid.”


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