Thursday, April 27, 2006

Now that we've banned smoking, let's ban trains and boats too!

An email alert from the disgusting American Lung Association, which by the way doesn't give any money to people with Lung Cancer, just finds unpopular minorities to blame it on:

"Make a Difference by Cleaning Up Dirty Diesel Locomotive and Marine Engines

More than 150 million Americans still live in counties where they are exposed to unhealthful levels of air pollution, according to the American Lung Association State of the Air: 2006 report, released on April 27. Pollution from marine and locomotive sources are major contributors to the continuing air pollution problem in many areas.

Diesel locomotives and marine engines (boats, inland freighters, ferries, tugs and pleasure craft) are among the largest and most dangerous under-regulated sources of air pollution. They can legally pollute at levels higher than trucks, buses or heavy equipment (tractors, bulldozers) diesel engines. A typical train, for example, will emit as much particle pollution over its life as 500 trucks.

Locomotive and marine diesel emissions are estimated to cause 4,000 premature deaths annually, as well as some 2,000 annual ER visits for children with asthma attacks."

We started off with a made up figure, never proven, of 4,000 deaths a year from secondhand smoke. Now their made up figures are in the hundreds of thousands. But no one can name one person proven to die from second hand smoke. Never mind, it was never really about health in the first place. It's about control. Hey, how many people own pleasure craft? Not many? That makes them a minority, just like smokers! Great, let's demonize them now! Don't we all feel good standing together in a crowd and crushing a minority we feel are bad! There's something primal about it, which is why we do it over and over.

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