NY Times: Stop Yapping About ‘Climate Change’, Talk About Air Pollution

New line of attack from the Cult of Climastrology, or a one off that actually kind of makes sense?

Enough About Climate Change. Air Pollution Is Killing Us Now.

Mr. Appelbaum is a member of the editorial board.

In the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, doctors noticed a surprising silver lining: Americans were having fewer heart attacks.

One likely reason, according to an analysis published last month by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, is that people were inhaling less air pollution.

Millions of workers were staying home instead of driving to work. Americans were suddenly burning a lot less gas. And across the country, the researchers found that regions with larger drops in pollution also had larger drops in heart attacks.

I mean, Applebaum does rather have a point. Remember how clear the air was during those early days? Especially if you lived in a city? Even Raleigh, which is pretty spread out, had much cleaner air. You could tell. And, then, when things started opening up you could see the smog come back.

The low quality of the air that we breathe should be regarded as a crisis. It also presents an opportunity. The existential threat of climate change has come to dominate debates about environmental regulation. Proposals to curb emissions, once presented as public health measures, are now billed as efforts to limit global warming.

The solution to both threats is the same: We need to stop burning fossil fuels, preferably yesterday. But there is cause to wonder whether a greater focus on the immediate dangers posed by air pollution, rather than the more distant specter of global warming, might help to muster the necessary support for changes that are going to be expensive and disruptive.

Like I’ve said, I’m not against EVs, I’m against forcing citizens to purchase them, especially when they really aren’t affordable nor reliable for most. But, weaning ourselves from fossil fuels would be a good thing from an environmental point of view. It’s not the cleanest of energy sources, right? Will the climate cultists go with this argument? I doubt it. They’ve become beyond reasonable over the years. Perhaps 15 years ago they might have gone with this in order to dupe people. Not now.

There are practical reasons, too, why it may be easier to curb emissions in the name of public health than in the name of climate change. The laws authorizing environmental regulation, including the Clean Air Act of 1963, were written as public health measures. Conservative federal judges are seeking to use that history to limit the government’s ability to address climate change. When the Supreme Court in February heard arguments in a case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, several members of the court’s conservative majority were openly skeptical that the agency has the legal authority to require the kinds of sweeping changes necessary to slow global warming.

It would be a big mistake to attempt to force this on people via executive action. They do not care, because, even this is about more governmental power over citizens. Shame. But, not unexpected.

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10 Responses to “NY Times: Stop Yapping About ‘Climate Change’, Talk About Air Pollution”

  1. Doom and Gloom says:

    Hey, I am all for clean air. the problem has always been clean air means no fossil fuels for the insane leftists bought and paid for by China and RUSSIA….all proven of course by the fact the House of REPS are looking in to the fact that Russia themselves have four pacs dedicated to destroying fossil fuels in the USA.

    Clean air. I am all for. Can’t say that enuff. Just need it to be about clean air and not some work around to destroy fossil fuels until there is something to replace them 100 percent.

  2. NOAA Elwood P. dOwd says:

    So the solution to both air pollution and global warming is the same – transitioning away from fossil fuels?

    Donesn’t Teach understand (since global warming is a scam/hoax) that those Teach slurs as “warmists/warmunists” are just using this as a way to scare “we the people” into communist submission and control??

    We have a millennium’s worth of coal in America just waiting to be strip-mined and burned. America has gazillions of barrels of oil to be drilled and burned.

    Energy expert Sarah Palin said it best, “Drill, Baby, Drill!” (with a salacious wink). Who cares if it kills people next year or causing catastrophe in 2100? “They” use computer models and medical “scientists” to predict that atmospheric nanoparticles will cause lung cancer and heart disease just like “they” use computer models to predict catastrophic warming in 80 years. Other than predicting warming, melting ice, ocean pH, stratospheric cooling, sea level rise etc their predictions have failed.

    “They” are trying to take away your coal and oil that God gave America! Burn, Baby, Burn!!

    • drowningpuppies says:

      Rimjob not making any sense at all in this pitiful attempt at sarcasm.
      But then again he never has made any sense period.
      Kinda like Brandon.

      Bwaha! Lolgf https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

      • L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

        I think dOwd has reached to point of peak absurdity, drowningpuppies. He seems to be scanning leftist and hoax sites including BLM and all those fag and trans sites in an effort to post as many stupid comments here as possible.

        It seems Kye pushed him over the edge a couple days ago and he hasn’t been able to regain his sanity since. Seems the thought of Kye making hundreds of thousands off of democrat policies has made dOwd unstable to say the least.

        Presumably the upcoming slaughter of all democrat candidates up and down the ballots in the general election has him perplexed. How could the old white Christian guy who spent his entire campaign hiding in his basement a-scared of “da plague” then magically emerged the “victor” with 81 million votes which would make him the most popular president in American history (hahahaha) possibly be down to a 29% approval and seemingly going to cost the democrat party a resounding defeat in 2022 and 2024 costing them everything they’ve stolen in the previous election(s)?

        The democrat and dOwd’s solution? Start a nuclear war with a country we had no problem with and drive our citizens into poverty, starvation and despair. Not a good plan. Then they decided since they’re gonna get the shit kicked out of them they would push through every insane and immoral law, mandate, regulation and court decision they can until they are burned out like fire ants in a lawn. Again, not a good plan.

        We need to be conscientious about the democrats intentions to lie, cheat and steal in this next election. It’s how they won last time and they will be trying it again. This time even harder since they stand to lose all the power they have. After all an actually impeachable president who is cognitively impaired with a Congress fully powered by populist conservatives and pro-Trump nationalists is worthless. They will have to cheat again….Bigly.

        The end of this political and moral nightmare is almost in sight. Covid, war on terror, BLM, etc. none of them cause the public to lose faith by themselves, but each one chips away at the legitimacy of the system, of the democrat leftist elite.

        The Left really has no foundation. Liberal whites, blacks, etc., don’t actually believe in the system. It’s a tool to be used to bludgeon their enemy just as dOwd uses the Bible to bludgeon Christians. Flyover whites are garbage to liberal whites and all non whites are throw away voters.

        It’s ironic that the system relies on the people that it hates for financial and military support. Probably not a great long-term plan.

        As if you need proof of how deep leftist corruption goes….The courts were fine with banning Christian religious services and closing gun shops and restaurants and gyms, but they let the abortion clinics and the weed shops stay open and let the gender reassignment surgeries continue throughout the COVID hoax. The former being considered “non-essential” by the elite leftist communists and the latter deemed “essential”.

        But now a fully complicit and leftist controlled judiciary has decided masks don’t work. The people who have been lying to us for at least 6 years (I’m looking at you dOwd) are now coaxing America into war with Russia. Nuclear war. Are you still going to listen to these liars?

        The most beautiful thing for us will be reading the comments from dOwd after the next election (should their efforts at cheating fail this time). The almost visible spittle as he types and his lamentations and salty tears. Like all sociopaths, dOwd is shameless about it. Shame requires a soul. As Solzhenitsyn put it, “We know they are lying, they know they are lying, they know we know they are lying, we know they know we know they are lying, but they are still lying.”

        Then, after we take care of all the communist/democrats next election we can turn out attention on our real problem….RINO’s. Those filthy traitors who walk among us like Romney and friends.


    • James Lewis says:

      Dearest Elwood:

      Don’t go outside today.

      Chicken Little has forecasted that the sky will be falling at 3:34 and a half….

      • .38 Police Special Elwood P. dOwd says:

        Too late, James, already outside.

        Chicken Little is a fairy tale. The “new” Chicken Little fairy tale now says, suddenly, that school teachers are trying to “groom” children for sexual abuse. The “grooming” alert will end, suddenly, next November.

        The entirety of the American right have become reactionary cunts. Sad.

  3. Jl says:

    Scroll down to the colored graph. As population went up and vehicle miles went up aggregate pollution went substantially down,,,


    • The catholic but not Catholic Elwood P. dOwd says:

      Graphs prefer to be called African-American, not colored.

      One of the histograms show 97 million Americans living in areas where the air quality does not meet all the EPA standards.

      Do rightists NOW favor the EPA or still think it should be abolished? Much like labor unions and worker protections, rightists feel the EPA has done its job and has outlived its usefulness. Should we revisit the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts?

      The nuSupremeCourt is slowly dismantling the authority of the EPA. Good deal?

  4. Jl says:

    “97 million Americans” Which obviously is a much smaller number than before. “Slowly dismantling the authority of the EPA”.
    I believe the case before the court right now is determining whether it’s over-stepping it’s authority. So not to dismantle but to see if Congress ever gave it that power to begin with.

  5. L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

    Is there ever a time power can be reduced or revoked or must it be expanded and broadened forever?

    Just asking for a friend.


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