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The Coronavirus Lockdown Has Not Made
the Air Cleaner

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Posted By: Ron_lfp, 5/17/2020 11:24:11 AM

Just about every day, someone claims that the air is cleaner. That, we are told, is a small benefit of the coronavirus-induced economic lockdowns. By reducing traffic on our roads, we are polluting the air less, providing a visible example of the supposed benefits of imposing more environmental regulation. (snip) The air-quality data tell a different story. According to the EPA’s air-quality monitors, levels of particulate matter — known as PM 2.5 — are not lower now and have, in fact, been higher recently than the median level of the last five years. (snip) The key factor, however, is that in most places, human-caused pollution is small relative to natural sources.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: FLCracker 5/17/2020 11:38:13 AM (No. 413647)
I think they really want to say is, "See how nice the planet would be if we could get rid of all those non-"mission essential" humans?"
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Reply 2 - Posted by: mc squared 5/17/2020 1:38:04 PM (No. 413795)
Oh no! Covid, killer wasps and giant mutant lizards in Florida. What's a person to do?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: MDConservative 5/17/2020 2:19:50 PM (No. 413832)
Gives pause to consider the question, how much might this "crisis" and its effects be used to further other causes, such as "clean air". I'm sure the models are churning out their simulations already.
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