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Easy 3 mile walk on “slick in selected spots” roads. I am getting ready to travel.

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Not much, but here is one consequence of voting for Obama in 2008:

David Roberts reports on the EPA’s decision, finally, to regulate mercury from coal plants:

Anyone who pays attention to green news will have spent the last two years hearing a torrent of stories about EPA rules and the political fights over them. It can get tedious. After a certain point even my eyes glaze over, and I’m paid to follow this stuff.

But this one is a Big Deal. It’s worth lifting our heads out of the news cycle and taking a moment to appreciate that history is being made. Finally controlling mercury and toxics will be an advance on par with getting lead out of gasoline. It will save save tens of thousands of lives every year and prevent birth defects, learning disabilities, and respiratory diseases. It will make America a more decent, just, and humane place to live.

Let me repeat part of that: it will save tens of thousands of lives every year and prevent birth defects, learning disabilities, and respiratory diseases. This is actually a much bigger issue, when it comes to saving American lives, than terrorism.

As Roberts explains, we’ve known about these costs of mercury pollution for decades, yet it took until now to get something done. The reason is, of course, obvious: special interests, hiding behind claims of immense economic damage if anything was done, were able to block action.

Paul Krugman goes on to report that there will always be predictions of economic catastrophe and that these predictions never come true. It took a while, but this is one of many things that the current administration did right.

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December 22, 2011 - Posted by | 2008 Election, environment, travel, walking

2 Comments »

  1. “it will save tens of thousands of lives every year”

    Really? Tens of thousands?

    The EPA itself estimates it will prevent 4200-11,000 deaths a year, which I’ll assume is a best (worst?) case scenario

    http://epa.gov/mats/health.html

    I’m beginning to think both sides distort the data, not just Fox News!

    A

    Comment by Dr. A | December 22, 2011 | Reply

    • Wow, you just owned us! It will “only” save the equivalent of a couple of 9-11 attacks worth of lives a year! :)

      Comment by blueollie | December 23, 2011 | Reply


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