Photo essays of visibly distressed landscapes in the urban American West. Our health, and our landscape, is being destroyed by the toxic components of the air pollution we generate. These photo essays, centered mostly in Santa Barbara, CA, and Portland, OR, serve as stark reminders.
deaths per year = 16666.666 per month = 547.945 per
day = 22.831 per hour.
While President Obama, his cabinet, and Congress plot to punish Syrian
President Assad for using aerosol chemical agents to kill innocent Syrians, let’s
take a look at American deaths from another gaseous toxic chemical mix we term
We learn, “The greatest number of emissions-related premature
deaths came from road transportation, with 53,000 early deaths per year
attributed to exhaust from the tailpipes of cars and trucks.”
some government/military jargon, these numbers show common “delivery systems”
under the “command and control” of individual Americans.
identified “delivery system” of lethal chemical agents is the emissions stacks
of coal fired power plants, “Pollution from electricity generation still
accounted for 52,000 premature deaths annually.”
we look closely at the total numbers, we see that 200,000 American deaths per annum
equates to, 16666.666 deaths per month, or 547.945
deaths per day, or 22.831 American deaths per hour. (Be sure that many of those
victims are children.)
These deaths are from intentionally caused toxic chemicals that are allowed
to be put in the communal air.
The nation of Syria is enduring bloody violence and hardship in a
multifaceted civil war, and a regime willing to use extreme measures against opponents
But America should consider that it has no moral or legal standing to punish another regime
for its use of a concentrated and barbaric use of chemical gas weapons when
America itself allows the destruction of its own citizens from similar means
within its own borders.
Serious Air Pollution in America is Killing Americans and Trees That
Signals a Threat to Our Health and Safety
This is the second or third note I have sent you on this on this critical
Widespread and chronic damage to trees, plants and ecosystems by toxic
air pollution, and what it portends for us all, have been documented by Gail Zawacki,
a knowledgeable blogger in New Jersey. The evidence presented is pervasive and
persuasive. New evidence has come with each post.
I alerted, and furnished photos to all levels of government: city,
county, state, and federal. (I can furnish names of the officials, and
I appealed to you to cover this story a couple of years ago. The situation
is far worse now, and foreboding.
A recently released MIT study regarding 200,000 American deaths from
air pollution has data that lists the most lethal and vulnerable areas are the
same places with the obvious dying plant life: coastal California and the
eastern US, centered at Baltimore, Maryland.
I hope Pacifica and Democracy Now has the resources and courage to
Sooner or later, either some responsive new organization will cover
this, or the only story to cover is a post disaster obituary.
In a slightly outdated study using 2005 body counts, MIT informs us of the enormous carnage caused by air pollution that surrounds freedom loving Americans.
Yes, America, the home of the freest corpses in the world.
Yes, America, where cars expensive, and life is cheap.
Meanwhile, and even as the US Congress and President Obama, and the NSA et al, work to ensure the safety of all Americans -- here's some numbers you don't need a Bluffdale or Pentagon to decipher.
From a synopsis in inquisitr.com:
-- Road traffic is the biggest cause of air pollution early deaths.
-- 53,000 Americans a year die too soon because of emissions from road vehicles.
-- The second most important source of killer emissions was power generation. Those pollutants kill around 52,000 people a year.
-- Air pollution deaths from rail transportation appeared to be relatively trivial.
-- However, emissions from marine transportation hit California with its long coastline relatively hard, resulting in an estimated 3,500 early deaths.
-- California is the hardest-hit state. There are 21,000 early deaths there a year from emissions.
-- However, it’s the east coast city of Baltimore, Maryland that is the hardest-hit city. 130 out of every 100,000 residents will die each year as a result of air pollution.
Baltimore, Maryland -- a city located next to Washington, DC. the nation's capital where the seat of government allows the deaths of so many of its own citizens, that's obscene.
traffic is the biggest cause of air pollution early deaths. 53,000
Americans a year die too soon because of emissions from road vehicles.
The second most important source of killer emissions was power
generation. Those pollutants kill around 52,000 people a year.
Air pollution deaths from rail transportation appeared to be relatively
However, emissions from marine transportation hit California with its
long coastline relatively hard, resulting in an estimated 3,500 early
California is the hardest-hit state. There are 21,000 early deaths there
a year from emissions.
However, it’s the east coast city of Baltimore, Maryland that is the
hardest-hit city. 130 out of every 100,000 residents will die each year
as a result of air poluttion. Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927699/mit-emissions-study-200000-early-deaths-a-year-in-us-from-air-pollution/#MsKhpfh1Mos8QWYF.99
Behold a modern American city named after
the Patron Saint of Imminent Doom, but more fitting to a town tied to cash
flow: Eminent Doom. Santa Barbara has its vulnerabilities, and to put the word
imminent before doom is to imply a suicide cult. And though that may be a part of our
story, but we don’t know yet. Let us see.
Anyway, this story is for those that
tend to reject hard facts in favor of soothing lore.
Yes, let us see.
Feeling a bit fatigued from our hike around downtown Santa Barbara, we sat on a
small patch of green lawn underneath an avocado tree just behind the Arlington Theater. As we leaned back to
catch our breath we heard behind us, two loud thuds.
“What the Hell?” we yelled. And saw two ugly and disfigured but large hard
avocados that rolled slightly as they settled into the grass.
“Good god.” We said as we looked at each other in amazement.
Up above us was the leafless crown of a tall avocado tree, where bulbous fruit hung from bare branches. Which is odd because avocados normally grow and ripen in
the microclimate of dense leaf foliage.
“Something is screwy here. It is wrong to have heavy unripe avos fall
to the ground from a leafless tree.” One of us whispered.
“No kidding,” Someone replied. “Holy Azote, the avos are smoldering. I
feel heat like they were charcoal.”
“Also,” I said, “As we can see, there are many dead leaves among the
manicured plants surrounding the trunk of the tree. Some force very strong has
caused this botanical mess before us.”
“Speaking of charcoal, see that narrow palm tree trunk, over there on
Chapala Street? You can see that the side of the trunk facing vehicle traffic
has turned to cinders and plugs of charcoal.” I pointed out. “The traffic dust
from all those cars and trucks is full of shards and chunks of caustic
chemicals. That tree might have enough benzene in it to combust on its own. And
the air current here whips that same traffic dust around the building and slam
it into the avocado tree and kills the leaves and chemically burns the avocados.”
“Right, we better keep moving or we could end the same way.” Someone
I carried the smoldering fruit a few blocks to where I lived and hid
them in some bushes near some other specimens.
A municipal entity that worships its imminent doom as it tries to be a
bastion of commercial paradise will malfunction on many levels.
Or so it seems in America, where money and motors reign supreme.