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    E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math

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    See more at the link https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/c...on-deaths.html


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    WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a key climate change rule because it would result in far fewer predicted deaths from pollution, according to five people with knowledge of the agency’s plans.

    The E.P.A. had originally forecast that eliminating the Obama-era rule, the Clean Power Plan, and replacing it with a new measure would have resulted in an additional 1,400 premature deaths per year. The new analytical model would significantly reduce that number and would most likely be used by the Trump administration to defend further rollbacks of air pollution rules if it is formally adopted.

    The proposed shift is the latest example of the Trump administration downgrading the estimates of environmental harm from pollution in regulations. In this case, the proposed methodology would assume there is little or no health benefit to making the air any cleaner than what the law requires. Many experts said that approach was not scientifically sound and that, in the real world, there are no safe levels of the fine particulate pollution associated with the burning of fossil fuels.

    Fine particulate matter — the tiny, deadly particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream — is linked to heart attacks, strokes and respiratory disease.
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    Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Using it to pretend harm is pseudoscience.
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    Sounds like a good plan.

    Since the EPA under Obama poisoned the Animas River, when are they going to clean it up?

    When are the Obama people going to repay the taxpayers?

    I've seen air quality maps for Catalina Island, on the weather channel, after several days of strong westerly winds, that indicated the quality of air on Catalina was "fair".

    Not good.

    Not Super fresh and nice.

    Merely "fair".


    The nearest industrialized land to the west of Catalina is...Korea? Japan?

    Clearly the EPA has it's air quality parameters all skewed to the absurd to make political points.
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    There's a lot more to this than those who are crying foul want you to know.

    Obama's Clean Power Plan was blocked by SCOTUS back in early 2016 based on the suspicion it was unconstitutional. The EPA will still be regulating power plant emissions so no harm, no foul there. It's just the original Clean Power Plan sounded like something AOC dreamed up -- and it wasn't workable.

    Trump has been proposing changes to the unworkable plan for a couple of years.

    Since the plan was never implemented -- and was likely unconstitutional -- the NYTimes story is just a bunch of hooey. Like most everything they publish.
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