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This was posted in April 19,2011 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Dr. Brown is a retired professor from the University of Georgia and has written books and many articles on the environment showing great improvements have taken place the last forty years.
Along with the non-existent mercury pollution from U. S. power plants, asthma is another target of the U. S. E. P. A. This is a response to the EPA’s quest for a perfect world. You may find this article or other article by Prof. Brown helpful in the future.
Politics of asthma have outrun the science of the condition
By R. Harold Brown
Earth Day slowly has expanded to Earth Week, and this year it brings to Georgia the administrator of the epitome of government mission creep, Lisa Jackson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But don’t expect a celebration of this nation’s environmental advances. It’s more likely to be an indictment of industry, power plants and Georgians’ lifestyle choices (driving) for “asthma-causing pollution.”
This criticism happens every year as the May-September “Ozone Season” arrives. Newspapers tie high ozone days to asthma, as they have for nearly 30 years. Headlines such as “Kids with asthma head indoors during smog season” reinforce the association. Unfortunately, it’s largely a myth, built mainly on statistical associations between high ozone on hot summer days and hospitalizations for asthma. Yet summer is the season of fewest asthma hospitalizations.
Hundreds of experiments show associations between ozone and asthma. Most show weak associations, probably confounded with unknown factors that affect asthma. Some studies of air pollutants showed no associations with asthma.