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.