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LA, Other CA Cities Most Polluted In US

Given how Mr. Obama extols California for its leadership in the fight against global warming climate change pollution:

The state of California has also agreed to support this standard — and I want to applaud California and Governor Schwarzenegger and the entire California delegation for their extraordinary leadership. They have led the way on this as they have in so many other efforts to protect our environment.

We thought this report from the American Lung Association was especially timely:

Pittsburgh and Los Angeles the most polluted US cities

A report by the American Lung Association

17 May 2009: Six out of ten Americans live in urban areas where air pollution can cause major health problems. While a new report for the American Lung Association acknowledges substantial progress against air pollution in many areas of the USA, it finds nearly every major city was still burdened by air pollution. Despite America’s growing “green” movement, the air in many cities became dirtier during the past 12 months. The research names Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Bakersfield as the most polluted US cities.

The report finds that air pollution hovers at unhealthy levels in almost every major city, threatening people’s ability to breathe and placing lives at risk. Some of the biggest sources of air pollution, including dirty power plants, dirty diesel engines and ocean-going vessels, also worsen global warming.

Many cities, like Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Baltimore have made considerable improvements in their air quality over the past decade. People living in some of these cities however, are breathing even dirtier air than what was reported in the Lung Association’s previous report. Only one city, Fargo, North Dakota, ranked among the cleanest in all three air pollution categories covered by the research.

Sixteen cities making this year’s 25 most ozone-polluted list experienced worsened ozone (smog) problems than last year. Some 58 per cent of people in the United States live in counties with recorded unhealthy levels of ozone air pollution, measured against the tighter standard in effect since March 2008. The new standard showed that unhealthy ozone levels are more widespread and more severe than previously recognized…

California researchers have tripled their estimate of the number of people that particle pollution kills each year in their state.

Low income people and some racial and ethnic groups often face greater risk from pollutants. Pollution sources like factories and power plants may be closer to their homes. Many live near areas with heavy highway traffic or have poor access to health care, which makes them even more vulnerable. Some racial and ethnic groups have a higher prevalence of diseases like asthma or diabetes, which compounds the ill effects of air pollution for these groups.

Most polluted US cities
(By short-term particle pollution)
1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2. Fresno, California
3. Bakersfield, California
4. Los Angeles, California
5. Birmingham, Alabama
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
7. Sacramento, California
8. Logan, Utah
9. Chicago, Illinois
9. Detroit, Michigan

Most polluted US cities
(By ozone pollution)
1. Los Angeles, California
2. Bakersfield, California
3. Visalia, California
4. Fresno, California
5. Houston, Texas
6. Sacramento, California
7. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
8. Charlotte, North Carolina
9. Phoenix, Arizona
10. El Centro, California

Most polluted US cities
(By year-round particle pollution)
1. Bakersfield, California
2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3. Los Angeles, California
4. Visalia, California
5. Birmingham, Alabama
6. Hanford, California
7. Fresno, California
8. Cincinnati, Ohio
9. Detroit, Michigan
10. Cleveland, Ohio

Look at all of those California cities on the list.

What a triumph.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “LA, Other CA Cities Most Polluted In US”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Maybe the wonderful Chi-coms will tell us how they handle their “little” problem with pollution.

    • longislandneocon says:

      Far be it from me to stick up for California but I believe a lot of their poor air quality can be traced back to the pollution in China.

  2. Right of the People says:

    Must be those stringent air pollution standards for cars.

    I thought we had a problem with not enough ozone in the atmosphere letting in all the harmful UV rays. I guess that was just another leftist myth, huh? Some of these cities like Visalia don’t even have much industry to speak of except for agriculture. What’s next, are we going to ban growing plants?

    And how can Detroit be on the list, there isn’t any industry left? Inquiring minds want to know!

    • Dangerous says:

      A couple things:

      First, ozone way up high is good. Ozone just off the surface, not so much. I’m not going to talk about how much is needed where, and I’ve certainly heard exaggeration regarding the numbers, it’s just I feel the need to clarify that point.

      Second, don’t pretty much all the new “stringent air pollution standards for cars” deal primarily with greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide? The problem here is that the government, thus the manufacturers, thus the consumers are putting money towards greenhouse gases, while the same money put into research for cleaner (rather than “greener”) exhaust would actually help with real pollution problems.

      I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard about global warming causing asthma or lung problems. I honestly wouldn’t care about the attempts to stop carbon dioxide production if it weren’t for all the time and resources stolen from studying real problems. (By real I mean ones that have actual, rather than modelled theoretical, downsides.) These numbers all deal with particle pollution, and the article says it causes deaths each year.

      Just something to think about.

  3. jobeth says:

    …and so children…lets all pretend to be lemmings and follow the great and wonderful California…..Dear leader will be so proud.

    Now if you’ll excuse me…I must get in my gas guzzler and go buy my incandescent light bulbs. They keep burning out…must be because I leave them on 24/7 ;-D

  4. pdsand says:

    What’s the big idea, judging liberals by their results? You’re as bad as the swiftboaters!

  5. curvyred says:

    Pittsburgh is a very clean city – trust me. I do not know where they come up with that research. Most of the industry is gone from Pittsburgh – what on earth are they talking about?

  6. Yay Bakerstucky! We are the the red spot on the lungs of a blue state. The pollution in the air here is primarily from the agricutlure in the area. With the hot summers and the mild winters, agriculture is a year round industry. There is a theory that the prevailing winds drive the smog from the bay and the northern part of the valley down into Bakersfield, where it pools up in the bowl created by the surrounding mountains.

    Bakersfield, we’re number 1!

  7. wstuga says:

    Woot! I live in Birmingham!

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I thought that with all the liberal tree huggers in power in California, that there wouldn’t be any pollution of any sort in the Golden State. How did it get this way? I lived in northern California over twenty years ago and will be the first to say that it’s a beautiful state but it’s being run into the ground by corrupt politicians and their stupid rules.

  9. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Low income people and some racial and ethnic groups often face greater risk from pollutants.

    Damn those racist particulates!

  10. mrfocus says:

    “Pittsburgh is a very clean city – trust me. I do not know where they come up with that research. Most of the industry is gone from Pittsburgh – what on earth are they talking about?”

    They are talking about the Clairton coke works monitors 15 miles se of Pgh. For ozone, the Harrison monitor 15 miles north of Pgh. But like those weather stations these sites have problems with location.

    • curvyred says:

      Well that makes sense to a certain extent – but isn’t the Coke Works gnerally running less these days?

  11. mrfocus says:

    One other thing USS was going to spend $1 billion to upgrade the Clairton works. Ain’t happening now thanks to the Communist in Chief:


  12. canary says:

    American Lung association gives no scientific evidence, lists no tests or measurements, nothing as to their findings. Sad, Obama is using California legislation proposal to make car companies serve Californias problem.

  13. proreason says:

    California is the harbinger of decline for the entire country.

    A cornucopia of riches, drained to buy votes to elect political criminals.

    If red states don’t get serious quickly about defending against the federal malignancy, the same fate is in store for everyone. But if the sane states don’t get serious about protecting their populations from the Obamafornia scourge, the ultimate fate of the country could well be violence and destruction.

    Millions of Americans are not going to sit idly by as the investments of our lives of work and sacrifice are confiscated to grant illegals, criminals and deadbeats the benefits we have earned through the sweat of our brows.

  14. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Low income people and some racial and ethnic groups often face greater risk from pollutants.”

    Well, of course!!! My goodness, whudda thought anything different?!?! Geeesh! (rolling the eyes)

    “Pollution sources like factories and power plants may be closer to their homes”

    Give o-blah-blah another 100 days and this won’t be a problem either. Any industry with a smoke stack will be closed.

    • proreason says:

      “greater risk from pollutants”

      Absolutely. The pollutants they smoke, drink, inject, and insert into their bodies.

  15. Yes, we all knew that living in LA could be dangerous! All the more reason we should all learn to breathe through our nose. As well as a nation of chronic polluters, we have become a nation of chronic mouth breathers. We are designed to breathe through the nose which warms, humidifies and filters the air (including pollutant particulates). However this requires teaching the brain new tricks and most people need help with this. The Breathingwise Clinic in Pasadena, Los Angeles is an expert in this sort of thing. Help your asthma and bad breathing.

  16. Liberals Demise says:

    Lets’ face it……. you are more likely to die of “lead” poisoning in these cities from gangs than from smog!!

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