…Six types of dangerous air pollutants qualify as “criteria” pollutants under the Clean Air Act, and all are toxic in some form to human health. At least three of them—ozone, nitrous oxide, and particulate matter—are more prevalent now than they were in 2016, before Trump took office, according to EPA data released this week.
The number of “unhealthy-air days” across the country is also increasing. An unhealthy-air day is a day when ozone or particulate matter poses a threat to at least some of the population, such as children, the elderly, or people with lung conditions. Particulate matter is one of the deadliest environmental toxins, and it still kills tens of thousands of Americans every year. Across 35 major American cities, there were nearly 14 percent more of these days in 2018 (799) than in 2016 (702), according to the EPA. The record for the fewest-ever number of unhealthy-air days was set in 2014, during the Obama administration, when there were only 598 [Robinson Meyer, “The Air Really Was Cleaner Under Obama,” The Atlantic, 2019.07.09].
Make America breathable again: elect Joe Biden, or Jay Inslee, or anybody else from the Democratic pack who appreciates that we aren’t all rich enough to buy bottled oxygen and who won’t lie to our faces on a daily basis about the real threats facing our health and welfare.