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GOP Candidates Ignore Danger Killing More Than 5 Million People Every Year

On Friday, the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health identified a danger that is killing 5.5 million people every year. It’s air pollution, resulting from an outdated, dirty energy infrastructure worldwide.

Michael Brauer warns, “Power plants, industrial manufacturing, vehicle exhaust and burning coal and wood all release small particles into the air that are dangerous to a person’s health. New research, presented today at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), found that despite efforts to limit future emissions, the number of premature deaths linked to air pollution will climb over the next two decades unless more aggressive targets are set.”

24 hours later, the CBS hosted a Republican presidential debate – at which not a single one of the GOP presidential candidates presented a plan to confront this fatal menace. None of them even acknowledged that this deadly threat exists.

Instead, we got some of the same old talking points that Republican politicians have been using since the 20th century, crafted by the public relations departments at big oil and coal corporations. The Republicans tried to tell us that the big problem we’re all facing is excessive environmental regulation.

Ben Carson represented this crass talking point when he told the crowd, “Here’s the big problem: We’ve got all these government regulators, and all they’re doing is running around looking for people to fine.”

This issue is very simple.

Environmental regulations force energy companies to innovate, developing new technologies that provide energy more cleanly and sustainably. Fossil fuel companies that are funding Republican presidential candidates have chosen to ignore this opportunity, and as a result, their profits are diminishing.

That’s the problem of the fossil fuels industry.

Environmental regulations are not killing 5.5 million people per year.

Air pollution, due in large part to reliance on dirty fossil fuels, is killing 5.5 million people per year.

Republican presidential candidates are not willing to deal with this threat, and that’s just one reason that they are not qualified to sit in the Oval Office in 2017.

2 thoughts on “GOP Candidates Ignore Danger Killing More Than 5 Million People Every Year”

  1. Al Hopfmann says:

    A discussion of environmental pollution, greenhouse gasses, global warming, health hazards, and other aspects of climate change issues is practically useless if the effect of decaying vegetation is not included in the analysis.

    1. J Clifford says:

      You know, Al, it actually isn’t.

      A discussion of lead in the water in your house, for example, is quite important, regardless of whether you’re talking about the effect of decaying vegetation.

      A discussion of the concentration of carcinogenic particles in the air that you breath is very useful, even if you don’t also talk about rotting plant matter.

      Discussion of health hazards such as smoking and excessive consumption of carbohydrates has a great deal of practical use, even if no one brings up the issue of decomposing plant vegetation.

      Your attempt to bring your weird hobby horse into this discussion is practically useless, Al.

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