Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Bush Administration...Now Killing slightly fewer Children

The danger from Terrorism is essentially a myth. I have heard it described as being somewhere between the danger from Killer Bees, which everyone seems to be afraid of but have actually killed no one in the USA, and Drunk Drivers, which few folks react in fear regarding but which kill about 17,000 people a year in the USA.

Last year in the USA Terrorists killed about, well, zero people. Air pollution killed between 30,000 and 50,000 people and sickened far more, lots of them children since children are far more sensitive to pollution than adults.

So since air pollution is a far more serious threat than whatever it is that terrorists might actually be (does anybody know?) I suppose that the Bush Administration is doing all it can to protect our children, right?

We know what we should do

Nearly a year ago, EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee reiterated in
writing that its members were "unanimous in recommending" that the agency set
the standard no higher than 70 parts per billion (ppb) and to consider a limit
as low as 60 ppb.

So there! But then this is what they do:

EPA Tightens Pollution Standards But Agency Ignored Advisers' Guidance

The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday limited the allowable
amount of pollution-forming ozone in the air to 75 parts per billion, a level
significantly higher than what the agency's scientific advisers had urged for
this key component of unhealthy air pollution.

There you have it.

Republicans! Protecting America's Corporations from costly life saving expenditures that depress profits even though tens of thousands die.

Yet, spending Trillions of dollars trashing the Middle East looking for Terrorists in all the wrong places.

Why didn't Democrats Impeach these people?




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