Saturday, July 29, 2006

Secondhand Smokeless Pollution

Some, particularly activist residents of Blue states with names that start with a big 'C', were very happy to learn about this:

On June 27th of this year, the CDC released The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General.

Well folks, you may want to hold your breath a little longer. Now you have this to be concerned about: China's Growing Pollution Reaches U.S. (read full article here) Some excerpts:

Dan Jaffe, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington, said he has detected ozone, carbon monoxide, mercury and particulate matter from Asia at monitoring sites on Mount Bachelor in Oregon and Cheeka Peak in Washington state.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that on certain days nearly 25 percent of the particulate matter in the skies above Los Angeles can be traced to China. Some experts predict China could one day account for a third of all California's air pollution.

"We're going to see increased particulate pollution from the expansion of China for the foreseeable future," said Cliff, a research engineer at the University of California, Davis.

"Whine and wring your effete hands, fear mongers, but not around the necks of U.S. taxpayers!" - H. Emett Vattenberg, Shelby, NC


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