A new study found that in the elderly short term exposure to fine particulate and ozone air pollution below legal limits significantly impacted mortality. In other words, if you're a senior citizen it's not wise to expose yourself to air pollution even for short periods.
In the US Medicare population from 2000 to 2012, short-term exposures to PM2.5and warm-season ozone were significantly associated with increased risk of mortality. This risk occurred at levels below current national air quality standards, suggesting that these standards may need to be reevaluated.
Perversely, Republicans are fighting to remove air pollution regulations. For example, in Wisconsin they intend to eliminate all state laws regulating air pollution.
If Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature eliminate state air poluution laws, who will the voters elect?
Give some careful thought to the US Constitution’s Ninth Amendment:
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The “enumerated “ rights are those named in the first eight amendments.
SCOTUS ruled decades ago that Americans do not have a Ninth Amendment right to clean air.
We occasionally hear that the airwaves through which radio and tv signals pass belong to the public. The air we breathe belongs to people who can pollute it.
Galling, isn’t it?