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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mother Jones: Earlier this month, environmental scientists at the University of Minnesota came out with a startling nationwide study showing that different demographic groups are exposed to drastically different amounts of air pollution each year. The study overlaid U.S. Census data with exposure levels of a pollutant called nitrogen dioxide, or NO2, which is created by combustion in vehicles and power plants. The results: Each year, people of color are exposed to 46 percent more NO2 than white people.

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My air is so white, I can see right through it.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2014-04-28 01:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Affirmative breathing.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2014-04-28 01:34 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Wow. You mean people of color live in large cities/metropolitan areas. This study is shocking.
Wow. People of color are being discriminated against, and this link is what convinced me...to move further out in the burbs.

#3 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-04-28 01:45 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Move out of the freakin' cities. Not only is the air cleaner, but you might find a job. Win/Win.

#4 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-04-28 02:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

The crime is lower, was lower, errr uh, will be higher.

#5 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-04-28 02:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Didn't the govt build housing projects so these folks can remain in these polluted areas?

must be a conspiracy....

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2014-04-28 02:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

My air commits hate crimes.

#7 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-04-28 03:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

The UN must get involved, of course, to correct this 'racism'.
Are gays and women also disproportionally affected?

#8 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-04-28 06:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

Environmental racism is nothing new.
Another thing that isn't new is right-wingers pretending it's a natural phenomenon.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-28 10:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Those on this thread seem to be saying it's a sociological phenomenon.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2014-04-29 02:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

Color me (pun intended...is that racist?) unimpressed by the graphs.

The first graph is interesting though, in that it clearly shows hispanics and asians have it worse. Eyeballing it, Asians have it equally bad compared to "people of color" as "people of color" have it compared to "people without color" (or is it "people of all color"?).

Yet that is conveniently neglected throughout the article, despite the fact that it would have strengthened the author's point.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2014-04-29 02:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

Another thing that isn't new is left-wingers pretending it's by sociological design.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-28 10:25 PM | Reply | Flag: IDIOT

FTFA

#12 | Posted by e_pluribus_unum at 2014-04-29 01:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

Science my ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#13 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-29 01:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

The UN must get involved, of course, to correct this 'racism'.
Are gays and women also disproportionally affected?
#8 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-04-28 06:16 PM

Only when attempting to gain equality with men in the Catholic church.

We are all being poisoned by coal and oil extraction, processing and burning, everyplace, akin to Fukushima in slow motion.

#14 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-04-29 01:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

See what happens when you cry racist too much?
Even the air can be called racist, and what happens when the air says, oh I am not a racist?

You guessed it, it is called a bigot as well.

Looks like air is Republican. It is not racist and yet is labeled so, it likes all people, yet is accused of hate. It provides the needs for life and is vilified for it. Yup, it is definatly repbulican.

#15 | Posted by Marty at 2014-04-29 02:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

We are all being poisoned by coal and oil extraction, processing and burning, everyplace, akin to Fukushima in slow motion.

#14 | Posted by redlightrobot

I guess that is why people live so much longer now than they did 1,000 years ago. You know............. back when we didn't have all the bad stuff we have now.

No gasoline
No nuclear power plants
No coal fired power plants
No guns

Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Life was so much better then.

#16 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-29 02:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

We are all being poisoned by coal and oil extraction, processing and burning, everyplace, akin to Fukushima in slow motion.
#14 | Posted by redlightrobot
I guess that is why people live so much longer now than they did 1,000 years ago. You know............. back when we didn't have all the bad stuff we have now.
No gasoline
No nuclear power plants
No coal fired power plants
No guns
Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Life was so much better then.
#16 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-29 02:09 PM

That is BS. There is evidence of Maya performing multiple brain surgeries beginning in youth surviving into their 80's.

Longevity is equated with access to healthcare, nutritious food and a clean environment. We have neither.. Aside from slave labor, which is what you are "referring" to.

#17 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-04-29 02:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

The UN must get involved, of course, to correct this 'racism'.
Are gays and women also disproportionally affected?

#8 | Posted by Diablo

On a "serious" note, yes Gays probably are disproportionally affected... They do tend to live in Metropolitan area. They are often trend setters for where to live and I can think of many neighborhoods in major cities where gay communities revitalized rundown neighborhoods. When they move into rundown neighborhoods it starts the rejuvenation of the area and pushes the poor out who are typically disproportionally 'people of color'.

#18 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-04-29 02:39 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Environmental racism is nothing new.
Another thing that isn't new is right-wingers pretending it's a natural phenomenon.

#9 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2014-04-28 10:25 PM

Dude you are so nuts......lol.....C E R T A F I A B L E .

Don't even waste you time with the good air is only on 5th Ave NYC, all the rest is polluted and cleansed by the poor filtering all the bad stuff out by breathing it in and having the bad particulate matter stay in their lungs which will keep in out of the lungs of all the other successful groups in the city.

Perhaps you could find a truck tailpipe you could discuss this with...at great length....leave nothing out...get to the bottom of it.

#19 | Posted by MENSAKOOK at 2014-04-29 04:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

It should come as a surprised to noone that poor people live where the land is cheaper.
Land gets cheaper after it's despoiled.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-29 04:19 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

It should come as a surprised to noone that poor people live where the land is cheaper.
Land gets cheaper after it's despoiled.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-29 04:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Have you never lived in fly over country, there is plenty of rural land, good land, at reasonable prices. One just has to stop feeling sorry for themselves, stop whining about inequities, and get motivated to improve there lives. It works really well for immigrants, and it works well for citizens, too.

Stop making excuses for other peoples poor decisions

#21 | Posted by danv at 2014-04-29 05:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

You mean people of color live in large cities/metropolitan areas.

Not only that, but for some strange reason, freeways and industrial developments seem to get the green light near poor/minority areas, whereas the 'burbs seem to be able to prevent them (or anything else that disturbs their sight lines or commute) pretty much at will.

And in fairness, there ain't too many slag heaps near coal mine owners' homes or refineries near oil company executives' neighborhoods.

But I'm pretty sure it's all just a coincidence.

#22 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-04-29 10:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

there is plenty of rural land, good land, at reasonable prices.

Yup, just build a nice hobbit hole and all will be well. You ever consider that the land is vacant because nobody wants to live there? Or is so poor you need a hundred acres, or to steal from the BLM, to raise a single cow?

Then again, it's probably an easy transit bus ride to your doctor, or grocery store or minimum wage job out there.

What? You say there's no public transit, jobs OR grocery stores in the middle of nowhere? Geez, before somebody moves out there and builds a house, they better save up for a car.

#23 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-04-29 10:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Have you never lived in fly over country, there is plenty of rural land, good land, at reasonable prices.
Stop making excuses for other peoples poor decisions
#21 | Posted by danv

That land is currently being despoiled by fracking, by the way.
Not all of it, of course.
Also, it takes money to up and move anywhere.
Not to mention good luck buying property on a poor person's credit rating these days.
There's basically so much wrong with what you said that I feel compelled to excuse your poor decision to open your mouth.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-04-30 12:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Science my ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#13 | Posted by Sniper"

You can always count on Sniper to post something incisive.

#25 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-04-30 09:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

If you feel that the air is racist you are welcome to boycott it.

#26 | Posted by shirtsbyeric at 2014-04-30 09:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

That is BS. There is evidence of Maya performing multiple brain surgeries beginning in youth surviving into their 80's.

Longevity is equated with access to healthcare, nutritious food and a clean environment. We have neither.. Aside from slave labor, which is what you are "referring" to.

#17 | Posted by redlightrobot

You are so full of crap I don't know where to start.

Some people have lived to a ripe old age since time began. Average age has increased quite a bit over the years.

Longevity is equated with access to healthcare, nutritious food and a clean environment. We have all of thoese. Just exactly what do you think the air was like in a cave when they had a fire to keep warm? I guess you don't know about all the crap on the floor of thoes caves.

Who the hell said anything about slave labor?

#27 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-30 10:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

But I'm pretty sure it's all just a coincidence.

#22 | Posted by northguy3

And I'm pretty sure all of them have an anchor in their ass so they can't move.

#28 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-30 10:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

What? You say there's no public transit, jobs OR grocery stores in the middle of nowhere? Geez, before somebody moves out there and builds a house, they better save up for a car.

#23 | Posted by northguy3

I would guess life would be better if they would have finished high school and learned a trade. There are jobs waiting skilled labor but when they have NO skills, you libs out them in a zoo without fences.

#29 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-30 10:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

Perhaps the conversation should be moved to the headline "Why are industrial structures i.e Power plants, stadiums etc; built in Black areas"?

Just a thought.

#30 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-04-30 11:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

#30 | Posted by fresno500

Power plants are not built in town just like airports are not built in town. Power plants and airports are built out in the country and then town moves out around them. Then the people bitch about how the power plant or airport has ruined their property values. The places become rental property and the people of lesser income move in.

Industrial areas and most sports stadiums are built with easy freeway access and where there is much cheep land. Who would have thought of that?

#31 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-30 12:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

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